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Walking Tall

At 5-foot-9, Andrew Ebbett is Anaheim's smallest player in stature. But he loomed large with the game on the line in another must-win contest at Dallas

Monday, 03.2.2009 / 1:21 PM PT / Features
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Walking Tall
By Matt Vevoda

Standing 5-foot-9, Ducks rookie Andrew Ebbett is the smallest player in stature on the Ducks roster. But he loomed large with his performance with the game on the line in another must-win contest at Dallas, one of the major reasons Anaheim prevailed for a 4-3 victory over the Stars.
Including his three-point performance (tying a career-high) last Saturday, Andrew Ebbett has eight points in his last seven games played for the Ducks.
The 26-year-old Ebbett scored the Ducks’ second goal of the game in the first period (initially credited to Chris Pronger) and totaled a team-high three points (also tying a career high) in the win. His biggest play came with the score deadlocked at 3-3 midway through the third period.

As Stars rookie James Neal attempted to skate the puck out of Dallas’ zone, Ebbett stripped it away in the slot with only defenseman Darryl Sydor left to contain him and Teemu Selanne from a scoring chance on goalie Marty Turco. Patiently waiting for a prime opening while Sydor flopped to the ice in a blocking attempt, Ebbett smoothly saucered the puck to Selanne, who chipped it five-hole to beat Turco and give the Ducks a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish in the Lone Star State.

“He was very patient,” the Finnish Flash said of Ebbett on the game-winning play. “He was waiting and waiting, and it was a great pass. “If he would have passed to me earlier, I would have tried to go far side. But I knew Turco was already there, so I just tried to hit the five-hole.”

While some would have looked to shoot in that scenario, Ebbett never really had the intention knowing a future Hall-of-Famer and 500-goal scorer was close by licking his chops. “The regular player, would probably, eight, nine times out of 10, shoot that puck,” Ebbett said. “Not me. With a guy like Teemu Selanne on the other side for the pass, you know that most times it’s going to be in.”

"He's a small player in stature, but he plays big on the ice," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle of Ebbett. "He gets knocked down, and he gets right back up. I call him the Energizer bunny. He's one of those guys that just doesn't quit."
After four seasons of college hockey with the University of Michigan from 2002-2006 and a single season with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in 2006-07, Ebbett signed with the Ducsk in May 2007. The center made his NHL debut last season during three games in February 2008. One of the final players to be sent to Iowa at the conclusion of this season’s training camp, Ebbett’s biggest opportunity in the league has come since being brought back to Anaheim on Dec. 20 and he has responded.

Although teammate Bobby Ryan has received the lion’s share of rookie headlines among the Ducks, Ebbett has quietly etched a solid season (21 points in 30 games) and a place for himself among the top six forwards. With the Ducks in seemingly two-year search for that second-line center who could forge two scoring lines, Ebbett’s production since being recalled has been a welcome sight.

“He’s a small player in stature, but he plays big on the ice,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle of Ebbett, who has eight points in his last seven games. “He gets knocked down, and he gets right back up. I call him the Energizer bunny. He’s one of those guys that just doesn’t quit.”

Said Selanne, “I’m very happy to see those kinds of guys come up from the minors and contribute like he has done.”




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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