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

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ducks vs. Sharks, round 1 game 3

Can't say I was too confident about our boys' ability to win on home ice for game three of the Ducks-Sharks series. I mean, home ice hasn't been too friendly to our hometown heroes during the regular season, what are the chances that would change in the post season?

I originally listened to this one at work and, since it wouldn't air on any television station save Versus, had to ask my mother to set her DVR to record it for me. In the end, I'm kinda glad I missed this game because what little I'd heard on the radio had been pretty ugly.

Some game notes:

- Jonas Hiller looking sharp once again in net. The Sharks have noticeably amped up the manpower in front of the crease and Hiller had to work a lot harder to make his saves.

- Like the first two games of the series, game three was also wrought with penalties. Our boys really REALLY need to work on staying out of the penalty box. What's notable is that the Sharks are also drawing a lot more penalties with their more physical play.

- George Parros and Murray go toe to toe in the first fight of the series. Big George had to put an end to the hits Murray kept making on Teemu Selanne.

- I think the strength in the Sharks' defense (which was actually another word for "offense" in this game -- all but one goal total between the two clubs were made by defensemen), was fueled by the momentum of being in the lead. The Sharks never trailed, and it showed in their game. The fact that the Ducks never led, I think that showed in their game too.

Let's just forget about this one and look forward to the next one!


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