Unheralded defenseman saves Anaheim

Updated: June 2, 2003, 11:39 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
He needed a timely overtime goal in Game 3 to do it, but Mighty Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei is finally getting credit for his contributions to the surprising success of the Mighty Ducks.

As a defensive defenseman, it's a testament to his abilities and style that he has gone largely unnoticed outside of Anaheim. On a club that has epitomized teamwork, "Rusty" Salei is among the least sung of many unsung heroes.