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Monday, September 24, 2007

The rest of the news from last nights game

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Bertuzzi gets some coverage

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- He wasn't Bobby Orr. He wasn't Jean Beliveau. But Todd Bertuzzi was noticeable Sunday.

Sporting the No. 4 instead of his customary No. 44 that belongs to new Anaheim Ducks teammate Rob Niedermayer, it was a memorable first game against his former club for Bertuzzi.

The hulking winger went pointless in five previous preseason games, but scored once and added two assists in a 5-0 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks.

"It was pretty strange," said Bertuzzi, sent to Florida in the June 2006 blockbuster that landed Roberto Luongo. "Obviously, they [Canucks] didn't have their full lineup and it was nice to see a lot of the guys."

Bertuzzi didn't see former linemate Brendan Morrison when he capped scoring with a power-play effort in the third period.

With the Canucks minus blueliners Nathan McIver and Zack Fitzgerald because of 10-minute misconducts, Morrison was forced to play defence. Bertuzzi waltzed around him before snapping a shot past Curtis Sanford.

"Was that him I toe-dragged?" asked Bertuzzi.

Yes, Todd, it was. Weren't you looking?

"No, my head was down as usual," he chuckled.

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Another look at Bertuzzi and other game news

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Three teams and 15 months removed from the Vancouver Canucks, Todd Bertuzzi finally played Sunday against his former team and scored like it was 2002.

Bertuzzi, signed as a free-agent by the Anaheim Ducks after splitting last season between the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings, had a goal and two assists as his California dream team won 5-0. They were Bertuzzi's first points in five pre-season games for the Ducks, whose two-year, $8-million-US offer sheet for the former star was one of the shocks of the NHL off-season.

"It felt pretty strange," Bertuzzi, 32, said of facing the franchise for which he played 71/2 seasons. "They didn't have a full lineup or the majority of guys I played with, but it was nice to see a lot the guys. "It's going to be a little different when I go to Vancouver. It's going to be very emotional. But it's hockey and I've moved on and so has Vancouver."

Bertuzzi, one of the key players in the trade that landed Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, skated on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan and was able to dominate a Canuck defence missing four regulars.

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Bobby Ryan gets some coverage too.

ANAHEIM, Ducks rookie hopeful Bobby Ryan wasn't planning to take any chances after collecting four assists to spark Sunday night's 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the club's NHL exhibition finale at Honda Center.

"The cell phone will be shut off and the room phone will be unplugged," Ryan said.

The last thing Ryan wants to receive is word that he won't be aboard tonight's charter flight that will carry the Ducks to London for this weekend's regular season-opening, two-game set against the Kings.

Ryan is fully aware that the Ducks must trim at least four players from their active roster to get down to the NHL limit of 23, plus an extra goaltender allowed for the European jaunt.

He did all he could against Vancouver to make sure his next destination isn't American Hockey League affiliate Portland, Maine.

Appearing considerably more confident and comfortable than he had at the outset of the exhibition season, Ryan picked up the secondary assist on a Ryan Getzlaf goal that opened the scoring 4:27 after the opening faceoff.

Ryan later had the primary assist on power-play goals by Getzlaf and newly acquired winger Todd Bertuzzi, as well as an even-strength strike by defenseman Francois Beauchemin

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Some more on Bobby Ryan and the game

ANAHEIM - Now it's time for a very long plane ride.

Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals and Jonas Hiller made 40 saves as the Ducks closed out exhibition play with a strong showing, taking a 5-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Rookie Bobby Ryan, the second overall pick behind Sidney Crosby in the 2005 draft, had four assists for the Ducks, who ended the exhibition season with a 3-3-1 record.

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Vancouver's Pierre-Cedric Labrie (left) battles Anaheim's Joe DiPenta for the puck in Sunday's exhibition game. The Ducks won, 5-0.

"The morale had been a little low because we hadn't been able to find a way to put pucks in the net, we knew if we scored one the floodgates would open," said Ryan, who will be making the jump from junior hockey to the NHL this season. "Hopefully, tonight is just the start of a lot of good things."

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