No Energy Shortage

Bobby Ryan, Ryan Carter and George Parros have formed a lethal combination on the Ducks' "energy" line, if Sunday's win over Columbus is any indication

Tuesday, 12.09.2008 / 6:22 PM / Features
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No Energy Shortage
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


“We thought they made a definite impact in the hockey game,” Carlyle said. “I don’t think it would be a wise decision for a coach to split a group up that did what they did the other night. They’ve earned that opportunity and we’ll see. Our expectations are for more of that.”
If Ducks coach Randy Carlyle seemed confident in grooming rookie Bobby Ryan by moving him to the fourth line, it’s because he has experience making that move. Carlyle recently pointed to the time when current Ducks standouts Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were league newcomers in 2005.

Anaheim’s top two scorers in 2008-09 (61 points total), Getzlaf and Perry were just breaking into the league four seasons ago and were placed on the team’s fourth line with enforcer Todd Fedoruk (now with Phoenix). The duo enjoyed success playing with the gritty “Fridge” and finished their rookie year with 27 goals and 64 points combined. In the following years, both would become vital members of the Ducks’ top forward line, All-Stars and among the NHL’s top players.

“With Todd on our line that year, we had a little more freedom,” said Perry after Tuesday’s practice at Honda Center. “He opened up big holes for us. It helps, especially as a young kid.”

Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle once more with a similar situation, Carlyle composed a line of Ryan, fellow up-and-comer Ryan Carter and veteran heavyweight  George Parros for Sunday’s game with Columbus. After one outing together, it’s looking like another viable line may be forming.

“I think Carts and I are your basic shooter-passer combination and Georgie fits nicely,” Ryan said. “I’m excited about what we can do.”
Ryan and Carter each beat Blue Jackets netminder Pascal Leclaire for their third goals of the season and Parros set a career high with two assists in a 5-3 Ducks victory. The five total points collected from the fourth unit (often referred to as the “energy line”) has most likely earned them more time together beginning with Wednesday’s home date with St. Louis.

“We thought they made a definite impact in the hockey game,” Carlyle said. “I don’t think it would be a wise decision for a coach to split a group up that did what they did the other night. They’ve earned that opportunity and we’ll see. Our expectations are for more of that.”

Ryan and Carter each entered Sunday’s game hoping they could seize the moment playing together for the first time this season. Previously seeing time mostly on the top two lines, Ryan was benched midway through the second period and did not return in a 4-2 loss to Chicago in the previous game. Carter had been out of the lineup as a healthy scratch since Nov. 22.

Just over seven minutes into the second period, they followed through when Ryan took the puck from Parros, sped down the right wing and brilliantly feed a charging Carter, who punched it by Leclaire. Later in game, Ryan found the back of the net on a wraparound assist from Parros for what proved to be the game-winning goal in the third.

“Things worked out for me last game,” Carter said. “The puck went in and I was physical. Any time you can do positives during the game, it gives yourself a better chance at opportunity in the future.”
“Things worked out for me last game,” Carter said. “The puck went in and I was physical. Any time you can do positives during the game, it gives yourself a better chance at opportunity in the future.”

Said Parros, “They are two great players. We did what we had to do and kept it in their zone. Fortunately enough, it produced. Bobby set up Carts nice on a goal and I was able to give him one back.”

Getting the assist was a career moment for the Ducks’ resident tough guy on multiple fronts. Along with tallying a new high for helpers in a game and tying his mark for points on a single night, Parros bypassed his best single season total for points, as it was his sixth on the year.

“Going into to play with Georgie, you know what he is bringing,” Ryan said. “He’s bringing energy and creating room. I think his skills are a little underestimated. He can get you the puck.”

In what has been an ever-changing fourth line for the Ducks this season, it remains to be seen how long this incarnation can stay together. For now, it seems like it’s at least worth taking a longer look at because a promising future may be on the horizon.    

“I think Carts and I are your basic shooter-passer combination and Georgie fits nicely,” Ryan said. “I’m excited about what we can do.”

Notes
Brad May left practice after tweaking his right leg doing a drill. It is the same leg he sprained Nov. 14 and missed seven games as a result. “It doesn’t seem to be that bad, but we’ll have to wait,” Carlyle said. “Usually the first 24 hours is the most important to find out if there is an extensive damage, but we do not think there is at this time. ‘

Brian Sutherby (strained groin) skated for about 20 minutes on Tuesday in his attempt to return to the ice. After no progress was being made on the injury suffered on Nov. 19, Sutherby was relegated to off-ice drills last week.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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