Getzlaf, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux are the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. Getzlaf scored a career-high 31 goals and was second in the League with 87 points while helping the Ducks to the best record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history
"It's a tremendous honor to be put in that category and in that group of players," Getzlaf said. "It's just one of those years when things seemed to be going in the net when I was shooting. Obviously our team's success helps that stuff. Our team has done a great job this year and when you have team success chances are individuals are going to have success as well."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will be joined by Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, who will discuss his candidacy for the Hart Trophy and the upcoming Western Conference Second Round matchup against the rival Los Angeles Kings.
And the second round gets started with Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. Darren Dreger joins us from the Arena Cam at TD Garden to talk about the historic rivalry between these Original Six teams.
New Carolina Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis was a guest of NHL Live to talk about his new position and the challenges that are before him in Carolina.
"It's been a long journey, an interesting one, a fun one," Francis said. "I don't think even I could have saw that I would have this opportunity toward the end of my career, but certainly I'm really excited to have the opportunity to lead the Carolina Hurricanes and hopefully get them going in the right direction here."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk with former general manager Craig Button about GM topics around the League, as Ron Francis takes over with the Carolina Hurricanes and Brad Treliving with the Calgary Flames.
Francis will also join the show to talk about his new position and the challenges that await in Carolina.
In the only Stanley Cup Playoff game Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers try to stave off elimination and force a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers. Philadelphia beat reporter Tim Panaccio will join us via the Arena Cam at Wells Fargo Center to discuss what the Flyers must do to get the job done.
New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore was a guest on NHL Live to look ahead to Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday (7:30 PM ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN, MSG, CSN-PH).
NHL Live with Bill Pidto and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, talks to Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on his nomination for the Norris Trophy as the League's top defenseman as well as the upcoming Eastern Conference Second Round series against their Original Six rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber is also a Norris finalist. He'll call in to the show to discuss the honor as well as changes that could be coming in Nashville for the 2014-15 season.