The games may have taken on a different meaning these days, but they can still make you leap off your couch and shout "OH MY GOD!!!" at the TV screen.
That was at least my reaction last night when Ryan Getzlaf
(Could the Edmonton announcer be any less excited?) Getzlaf's breakaway backhand goal 1:12 into overtime not only gave the Ducks a nice 3-2 victory, but it was a shining light in a personal season the Ducks captain said recently he'd like to "forget about."
Getzlaf took more than a month to score his 10th goal of the season, but took only one game to score his 11th. This one made it easy to forget what Andrew Cogliano
called, "a pretty bad game for us."
"J.D. was really good," Bruce Boudreau said of Jeff Deslauriers
(24 saves), who earned the win against his former team. "And thank goodness that he was really good in his return to Edmonton. Because we weren't good. The fans did not get their money's worth today."
The Ducks were boosted by another former Oiler, Cogliano, who sniped one in from the right wing circle late in the second period. Then just 36 seconds later, Devante Smith-Pelly
created a rebound in deep, and Bobby Ryan
popped it in for his 29th of the year.
That opens the door for some intrigue in the Ducks' season finale tomorrow afternoon in Calgary. If Ryan scores a goal, that would give him 30 in each of his first four full NHL seasons. The only active NHLer who has done that is Alex Ovechkin and there are only 15 guys in the history of the league who have done it.
"It’s not something I’m thinking a lot about, but being able to reach that point every year for the first four seasons of a career would be a really cool thing," said Ryan in a chat we had a week ago. "But it really hasn’t weighed on my mind too much during this last little stretch. I’m starting to think about it more and how nice it would be, but it’s really an afterthought.
"It would be a cool number to reach, especially to be listed with a guy like him."
Meanwhile, what the heck is going on with this guy's jersey last night? Is that a Mighty Ducks logo ironed onto an Oilers jersey?