Sweet Sound of Victory
Saturday, 01.7.2012 / 8:34 AM PT
|"Let's hug it out."
"We haven’t heard our win song in awhile," Bobby Ryan said. "It’s a nice feeling."
And Ryan himself was a big reason for it, scoring two goals, including an absolutely sick one in the third period that tied the score at 2-2. With the Ducks fighting off an Isles power play, Corey Perry did Perry-like work in taking the puck the other way, dropping it to Ryan at the New York blue line. That's when Ryan did his thing, losing Andrew MacDonald with a deke to the backhand then cutting sharply in front of goalie Evgeni Nabokov before dropping it into the open net.
It was a move words can't do justice to, so here's a better description of it:
Honda Center erupted as Ryan jumped into Perry's arms, who he was quick to give credit to afterwards. "Pears did most of the work on it," Ryan said. "He held on to that puck through two guys up the wall. He displayed some great patience with it all the way up the ice. For me, I just tried a one-on-one move and tried to get back to my forehand. Generally, I miss those. It’s nice for me to pull one back to my forehand and get one to go. It was huge. You could see the emotion on the ice between us."
That emotion had to play a part in Ryan Getzlaf's go-ahead goal a few minutes later, as no one came to the Ducks captain on the right wing, so he made his way to the net, cutting to the backhand before beautifully roofing it in the top corner. Getzlaf's reaction to that goal was not just a man thrilled to put his team ahead in the third, but one relieved to get his first point in the last seven games. "It was a good feeling," Getzlaf said. "We’ve been working really hard the last little bit here and trying to get results. Tonight was one of those nights where we were able to."
There was also something to like about Teemu Selanne's celebration following his crucial insurance goal, a rebound he punched in from the slot, that made it a comfortable 4-2 with under four minutes left. The 41-year-old Selanne, in the spirit of guys like Ryan and Washington's Alex Ovechkin, did a little jump into the glass, something we may not have seen before. Sure he's been known to fire his stick like a rifle at a thrown glove, but a jump into the glass is a new one. (And the fact you could hardly fit a nickel between Teemu's skate blades and the ice on that "leap" doesn't matter.)
That goal all but sealed the deal on a well-earned win, one the Ducks hope is the start of something good. "At the end of the day, it’s two points and a starting point," Ryan said. "Hopefully, we can string some things together here and move forward. It was definitely refreshing and like a monkey off our back."
As has been the case the last few seasons, the performance of the Ducks' big line dictated the play of the entire team. Ryan had two goals, Getzlaf had his first in 12 games, Perry had two assists and was +2.
"There were a lot of good things about that game that we were looking for," said Bruce Boudreau. "We got mad instead of hanging our heads when we got behind. The big guys got mad and it showed. When they are playing well, everybody else just rides along."
The Ducks can only hope that ride carries on, as they look for a second straight win for the first time since October, against the Blue Jackets tomorrow night.
In other words, it sure would be nice if The Show Goes On.