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Anaheim breaks up top line

Wednesday, 11.30.2011 / 4:22 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Anaheim breaks up top line
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's not too surprising that Anaheim broke up its top line of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry given its offensive struggles.

Matt Beleskey takes Ryan's place at left wing, as Ryan drops to the third line, with Ben Maxwell and Niklas Hagman.

Coach Randy Carlyle indicated that it's just an experiment for now.

"We still think that (Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry) group is going to have to play together for an extended period of time," Carlyle said. "Because you make a change for one game or two games, there's nothing etched in stone. We're trying to stimulate, spark, kick, coddle, pat on the back, whatever you have to do to get your hockey club to play to a higher level."

Beleskey played with Getzlaf and Perry a couple of seasons ago and the group had chemistry.

"With those two guys, it makes the game a little easier," Beleskey said. "For me, I've just got to create space for them. Go to the net and get in the way of people to open up lanes for them. Hopefully that helps them have a little more time with the puck."

In other Ducks news, Ryan told the Orange County Register he wouldn't be surprised if he was traded.
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