Nick Ritchie finally having bigger impact for Ducks


ANAHEIM – Be big. Play big.

When one has a big frame such as Nick Ritchie, that is what is asked. And in this first full season with the Ducks, there have been times when he has been big and others when he hasn’t.

Quiet for a recent three-week stretch, Ritchie has been making noise with Ryan Getzlaf and Ondrej Kase since Ducks coach Randy Carlyle put the three together for Sunday’s game against the Kings.

Ritchie got his third two-assist game of the season Wednesday by making plays around the net against Boston. One was a give-and-go work with Kase on his linemate’s goal. The other was a strong wraparound move that created a rebound for Josh Manson to pop in behind goalie Tuukka Rask.

Getzlaf’s presence has triggered more useful play from Kase and Ritchie, the team’s top draft pick in 2014.

“I’ve had couple opportunities, and I’ve always said how…



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