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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A bit of background

My computer went through a mini meltdown earlier this week and tossed the Bobby Ryan desktop background I'd been sporting all through the later half of the season. Before I headed off to Google Images, I decided to check the official Ducks site for possible backgrounds.

They did actually have quite a few new ones up.

This picture always makes me laugh. Yes, it's a great shot of the guys celebrating after Todd Marchant's stunning triple overtime victory against the Red Wings, but my eyes always go first to Scotty Niedermayer bent over on the right. In true Scotty style, the Captain isn't concerned about joining the guys in celebration but rather, to pick up the puck for Marchant should he want it as a momento.

Great shot of Jonas Hiller doing what he does best. "Huge glove save by Hiller!" Definitely a possibility, this one.

What has become Bobby's trademark celebratory move, he throws himself off the glass after his first of two goals in game 4 against the Sharks. I was at this game, lending my voice to the chants of "Bobby! Bobby!" in pride of my favorite Duck.

Hands down my favorite moment of the 2008-09 season: Bobby's beautiful spin-o-rama hat trick against the LA Kings. I saw this one at an ESPN Zone watch party. If you hadn't noticed Bobby before, people would start to notice now. Fastest hat trick by an NHL-rookie in 71 years, not to mention the fastest ever by a US-born player in NHL history.

We have a winner!


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