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Beleskey getting shot on Ducks' top line

by Curtis Zupke /
ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is getting to know his team better, and one of the young pieces that has caught his attention is winger Matt Beleskey.

Boudreau put Beleskey with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the third period of Sunday's game, and that will be the case when Anaheim hosts rival Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The move is not surprising because Beleskey played with Getzlaf and Perry briefly a couple of seasons ago under former coach Randy Carlyle.

Boudreau said it's part of learning about his team.

"A lot of these young guys I'd like to see," Boudreau said. "I think I pretty well know what Teemu (Selanne) can do. … When you're in the East you don't hear about Matt Beleskey, and you don't hear too much about Andrew Cogliano, even though he's a Toronto boy. … You don't hear a lot about those guys. It's intriguing to see what they can and can't do, and that takes a little bit of time."

Beleskey is taking the place of Bobby Ryan, who has been dropped to the second line with Saku Koivu and Selanne. Cogliano is back at third-line center.

Anaheim recalled center Nick Bonino in an attempt at offensive depth, although Bonino arrived late and won't play Tuesday. Bonino has 20 points in 17 games with the Syracuse Crunch.

"We're looking for scoring on the third and fourth lines," Boudreau said. "I think in today's game you need four lines that can score. Bonino, from what I've gathered … he's an offensive guy and we've got to give him an opportunity."

Parros available:
Ducks winger George Parros is a game-time decision after he missed 13 games with an eye injury.

Anaheim desperately needs size on its bottom-six forward unit, and it's possible that it could ice a fourth line of Parros and Jean-Francois Jacques.

 Boudreau, who coached Parros in Washington's organization, said it's not just about toughness, though.

"I'm not getting guys to fight," Boudreau said. "I told him when I had him (that) he's got to play. He's not just going to sit on the bench and take somebody’s spot."

Kings-Ducks connections:
Boudreau has roots in the Kings' organization as coach of its AHL-affiliate Manchester from 2001 to 2005.

The following year Boudreau coached Hershey in the Calder Cup where the Bears played a Portland team that had Getzlaf, Perry and current Kings forward Dustin Penner, who were sent down by Anaheim after the Ducks were eliminated by Edmonton in the conference finals.

Penner, who won a Stanley Cup playing with Getzlaf and Perry on the so-called Points Per Game line in 2007, said it was surprising to see his former team struggle.

"I know what they're going through," Penner said. "I did it for four years in Edmonton. It's definitely surprising. To what extent, I don't know. I think they rely heavily on their top two lines. When you look at every team that comes into Staples Center, they've got three or four lines. I'm not saying they won't have it in a year or two, but right now their bottom six, I don't know if they have 100 games combined."

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