In praise of Bobby Ryan

In praise of Bobby Ryan
"The biggest thing is just his poise and his hands are unbelievable. I played with [Evgeni] Malkin and [Sidney] Crosby, and those guys are probably the two best in the league. Bobby's hands are right with those guys... He's a superstar in the making, it seems."
---Ryan Whitney, former Ducks defenseman

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ducks in the playoffs!

I know I'm behind in posting here. But I'm trying to catch up now, before the Ducks begin Round One.

The final season game between the Ducks and the Coyotes was disappointing. It should have been dubbed "Pipe Dreams" cuz our boys hit metal at least four times during that game. It was tight and we could have taken it if it weren't for all those post shots.

Some other highlights of that game:

- Francois Beauchemin looked fantastic back on the D-line
- Another goal for my boy Bobby Ryan, his 31st of the season
- 45 seconds later, a goal by Teemu Selanne
- I was surprised and dismayed to see Jonas Hiller start in net. After Friday's exhausting game against the Stars, Hiller deserved a rest. Not to mention, he has a very bad record for winning the second of back to backs. Coach Carlyle made a mistake starting him, in my opinion.
- J.S. Giguere looked good in the third period and through OT, but he suffered in the shootout. Those have never been kind to Jiggy (okay, I'll succumb to the more popular way of spelling the nickname).
- You could tell our boys were just tired playing that game. They couldn't get the energy up against the 'Yotes.

So that's all I'll say about that one.

Moving on, it's playoff time! Our boys ended up in the 8th seed, playing round one against the San Jose Sharks. Oh boy, these guys, AGAIN. Honestly though, I wanted to see our boys up against the Sharks more so than the Red Wings.

They might have had a better chance against the Red Wings, but I want to see an action-packed playoff for as far as our boys can go. To start against San Jose, I mean, what an intense first round this will be!

To anyone who says California hockey is a joke, I ask them to watch this match up. You're going to see some incredible hockey here, I guarantee it. The rivalry between these two clubs is already fired up, but after the way the last game of the series ended, you can bet our boys have a bone to pick with the Sharks.

I can't wait for it all to start, this Thursday evening. Bring it!



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