“We acknowledged it and now it’s done with,” teammate
Among the bigger things on Getzlaf’s mind was completing the Ducks’ second-round playoff series against the
With a potential clincher coming up, that meant Getzlaf didn't feel a need for festivities Sunday morning.
"Maybe tonight," he said. "It's business as usual. Birthdays are mainly to celebrate when you're a kid, I think, but we're excited to have the game today. Hopefully we can celebrate tonight."
Getzlaf has an impressive résumé at this stage of his career, including two Olympic gold medals with Canada and a
Now, as the team captain, he has the chance to get the Ducks to the
"Just maintain what we're doing," said Getzlaf, who has two goals and 12 points in eight games to rank fourth in playoff scoring.
"You can't take anything for granted in this league. I thought that we showed a lot of poise in that Game 4 in Winnipeg. That was a tough win on the road. Hopefully we learned some things from that on how to keep our composure and just keep doing the things that we've been doing."
Fowler, 23, admires Getzlaf's list of honors. "He's accomplished a lot in a pretty short amount of time. He's an impressive guy to have around and we certainly lean on him for a lot of experience in this room," Fowler said. "He's our guy. He's our captain, our leader. We're happy to have him, especially at times like this. He can help us settle down and help us get ready for a big test."
If they pass that test, it will be another feat on Getzlaf’s résumé. “He’s been super successful both individually and as a team. He’s a great player,” right wing