Memo to Brent Burns: Jeff Carter and Ryan Getzlaf are thinking of you ... but they don't really miss you. Those three formed Canada's physical line at the world junior championship last winter in Helsinki, earning the nickname The Goof Troupe. Yesterday, in an 8-1 crushing of Finland, Carter and Getzlaf, with Andrew Ladd in Burns' spot, were anything but funny. The three combined for seven points, and have 18 in the tournament, making it clear that Canada is more than just Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron.
"You get comfortable with each other and you know where each other will be when you do those pick and rolls off the wall," Getzlaf said. "We establish the work ethic first and let the skill take over."
Carter had three goals yesterday, Getzlaf had two assists and Ladd contributed a goal and and assist.
Carter, at 6-foot-4, 207 pounds, Getzlaf, at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, are more than just a couple of large bookends. Ladd is just 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds.
Burns was eligible to return this season, but he has been converted to a defenceman with the Houston Aeros of the AHL and Aeros' parent club, the Minnesota Wild, did not release him to Canada.
"Burnsy was good last year but Ladder has fit in well with us," Carter said. "The fact Getzlaf and I have played together in the past has been huge for us. We had a little chemistry coming into the tournament and things have been getting better every game."