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

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cup fever

The Stanley Cup finals are just about to begin. For the record, I'm predicting that the Pens will take the cup in six. Ex-Duck Chris Kunitz will score four points within the series.

Shh. I think the Wings are deeper offensively and defensively, and if Detroit wins, then our Ducks lost to the team that would go on to take the cup. That's not so bad for our boys in black and gold.

But I have a soft spot for underdogs. After their crushing defeat in the finals last year, I really want to see the Penguins win this time. And I want to see Kuni help them get there. And I want Marian Hossa to eat his "I want to be on a winning team this time" words. So yes, I'm cheering for the Pens even though I think it will be the Wings who win in the end.

It's a good thing I'm not putting any money on this!

Speaking of Stanley Cup finals, I rewatched Game 5 of the 2007 series between our Ducks and the Ottawa Senators. I think I'll always get misty-eyed, seeing our boys with beaming faces... watching Scott Niedermayer proudly hand off the cup to his brother Rob... witnessing Teemu Selanne break into tears as he realized his dream would become a reality...

Ahhh. I can't believe there would be anything more coveted in the sports world than Lord Stanley's Cup. Don't you just love this sport?


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