Monday, April 21, 2014
Top lines figure to keep squaring off
By Richard Durrett
DALLAS -- Through two games, it has been top line versus top line. That was how the Anaheim Ducks decided to counter the Dallas Stars' line featuring Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. It will be up to Stars coach Lindy Ruff, since he'll get last line change, as to how he approaches Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. But it's very possible that we'll continue to see the top lines out on the ice against each other.
"We like it," Getzlaf said. "I've always loved that head-to-head matchup with anybody. It draws out the best in you and forces you to play both ends of the rink and play well. That's always a good challenge for us and so far we've been up to it."
Perry and Getzlaf both had goals in Anaheim's Game 2 win, and Getzlaf added an impressive assist on a short-handed goal.
"They are two good players," Benn said. "They're going to find ways to get their opportunities."
Perry's goal came when he took away a pass from Seguin intended for Benn and cashed in the chance. Getzlaf scored when he pressured Erik Cole into a mistake. Getzlaf impressed his coach with how he played Friday, after getting beat up in Game 1 and not getting much sleep after he and his wife welcomed a baby girl.
"He looked like crap in his face," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's obviously tired. He doesn't like wearing a shield and the first shift he's in, he runs somebody to show everybody, 'I am fine. I am good. Don't think you're going to take advantage of me tonight.' I thought that was such a telltale sign of a superstar."
The top lines on both teams know each other well. After all, Benn played with Perry and Getzlaf on Team Canada at the Olympics.
"They are great hockey players," Getzlaf said. "Benn we saw at the Olympics firsthand and [Seguin] has a great season coming here. He plays the game so fast and plays the game at such a high level that when you have Benn out there that can get him the puck, you have to pay attention to them."
Both lines have earned plenty of attention through two games. That's not likely to change in Game 3.