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Ryan Getzlaf has become the unquestioned leader of the Ducks
Ryan Getzlaf has become the unquestioned leader of the Ducks

The timing of life's challenges can make a monumental difference, and no one understands that better than Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf. Two seasons ago was Getzlaf's worst, his struggle in balancing first-time fatherhood with hockey mentioned as a major reason for a distracted 11-goal season in which the Ducks missed the playoffs. Now, in leading the Ducks with three goals and four assists through a first-round playoff series victory, it's Getzlaf's laser focus on hockey's greatest prize being cited as Anaheim's driving force. "He's the straw that stirs the drink," Ducks rookie forward Devante Smith-Pelly said. "To see him play well...

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