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The highlight of this year’s NHL season might be my favourite highlight from any season, ever.

Bobby Ryan scored a goal using Miko Koivu’s stick. 

YEAH.  Now THAT’S a thing of beauty.  How likable does Ryan seem?  That line is like, three shades of human – good, neutral and evil (Perry).

First, let’s watch again – it takes awhile for the commentators to figure out what really happened…..

It’s just such wonderful karma.

Apparently after the game, Koivu said something along the lines of “we were both without sticks, so we ended up picking up each other’s,” instead of the more accurate “I lost mine, so I stole his, so he picked up mine, and buried a nice one-timed rebound goal.”

Good triumphing over evil.  I just can’t get enough of that play.  Awesome highlight.

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So, I’m starting to feel carpal-tunnel-y, and it’s getting frustrating - excuse if the blog posts aren’t as long as usual.  Check out my columns though, and I’ll do my best to keep the blog updated better throughout the week!

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15 Responses to “Links, Bobby Ryan’s Great Goal”
  1. Alanna says:

    Also awesome that Ryan made that goal with a stick with the wrong handedness. Karmaaaaa.
    Make sure you are typing with proper wrist alignment/support. You made need a gadget below your keyboard to help with that. Don’t sit on the couch at all odd angles with your lappy propped in your lap.

  2. ms.conduct says:

    What’s amazing is that the Wild’s commentators figured it out so much faster. Doesn’t speak well for the Ducks talkers, cuz the Wild ones aren’t exactly the sharpest knives.

    But yeah, I felt like I needed to sit down and talk to someone about that for an hour after it happened. Like, I just needed to be all, “OMFG” and have someone acknowledge it and feel the same way. It’s a very girly instinct but there it is. Instead, I tweeted about it. Meh.

    Even when the burnee is your own captain/team, that shit was awesome.

    Loved the Ovie fighting post, BTW. I was kinda “whatever” on the whole thing but you sold me.

    Why does Corey Perry seem so evil? Is it because he looks like a man-ferret? I dunno. He’s just got an aura of nasty.

  3. Steve C. says:

    So much for having to have a $200+, state-of-the-art, ultra-light composite stick with personalized custom curve to get the job done.

    I was at that Ducks game and the ref and team captains stood at center ice for about a minute discussing it. Discussing what? We only found out what was going on because the person sitting next to me got a message about it on their phone.

    Apparently the refs had never been confronted with this situation before and there is nothing in the rule book that addresses it.

  4. minnesotagirl71 says:

    “Good triumphing over evil.” Can anyone consider Mikko Koivu evil? Even after this weird decision to rip Ryan’s stick out of his hands? It’s not like he’s a habitually dirty player that finally got what he had coming to him.

    Weird play. No big surprise Ryan scored – that line was killing the Wild all night. My hubby and I had talked about going to that game – so glad we stayed home!

    Try an ergonomic split keyboard with a wrist rest. Makes the world of difference to avoid that carpal-tunnel-y feeling. Warning – takes a little getting used to with the gap in the middle. Now I can switch between the split keyboard and the laptop keyboard with no problem.

  5. Neil says:

    I agree Bourne, that is one of the best highlights I’ve ever seen in the NHL. I love that he’s got the wrong-handed stick but still stays in position and tries to bury it as hard as he can. Holding the stick up to Koivu after the goal has to be one of the best goal celebrations ever.

    I don’t think Koivu is a dirty player either, Minnesotagirl, but I think Bourne’s point is more that he did something bad (stealing the stick, which was pretty hilarious in itself) and then Ryan made him pay for it by doing the best he could with a bad situation (since apparently two refs aren’t enough to notice a guy without a stick skate over to another guy and steal his).

    Seriously, how bad are NHL refs? How awesome is Bobby Ryan?

  6. Pep the frozen canuck says:

    I love how Perry ,right after scoring, lifted his stick up like cross checking someone to show Koivu it was HIS stick that scored the goal. Classic!

    I agree on the ergonomic split kb with wrist rest. I use one all the time now and it helps a lot as it supports your wrists while you type.

  7. Matt the Aussie says:

    That quote re: the Ducks top line is SO true. Getzlaf is the balance, Ryan is full of WIN and Perry’s talented but ultimately a very hateable guy.

  8. Jeff K says:

    Had Carpal surgery on right hand last spring.

    Night and day. Just don’t be “tough” and play-er-fight or um… type through the pain.

    Dr. says permanent nerve damage can occur in some cases.

    And that WAS the highlight reel goal of the century. Too bad it wasn’t Avery or Cooke that stole the stick. Koivu did that?!?!?!

  9. Ralphie says:

    Looking forward to the yotes article! Hope you’re rocking your new hat while writing it!

  10. Me says:

    The only thing I see wrong with Ryan’s goal is the lack of a delayed penalty on Koivu (and I’m a Minnesota fan). Yeah, the refs are going to miss some calls (especially ones behind the play), but at the point the stick is taken from Ryan, he has the puck. Shouldn’t the ref be watching that player? How can you not call that one?

  11. Chris says:

    I wouldn’t consider Koivu evil or dirty in general, but on this play he was. Watch his left leg before he swipes the stick…he throws it out pretty far to slow Ryan down. Even though knee to knee doesn’t make the Bourne top 5 dirty plays list, I think throwing out a knee and stealing the guys stick must have been #6 on the list…

  12. Me says:

    Chris, I don’t think that was an attempted knee, I think it was an attempt at sweeping the puck away with his skate. Look at how he’s opened up his toe so his skate blade is perpendicular to his direction of travel.

  13. Grant says:

    What a great blog post, Justin. I think I agree with Chris – it wasn’t really a knee/trip, but it was intended to slow him down while swiping a the puck. But then who gives up their stick as easily as Ryan did?!

  14. Chris says:

    Me, Really? Take a look again at the 1:50 mark of the Ryan video. This angle doesn’t look like he opened up his toe. And even if he did, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a knee… check out the :49 second mark of this video http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=0&id=52238 Laraque opened his toe and Kronwall pulled the puck away from Laraque…so was George just sweeping at the puck because he opened his toe? Just my opinion.

  15. Kev says:

    Kind of late reading this but isn’t Bobby’s celebration great too? Score and show Miko his stick like he is saying, “thanks, here you go.” LOL.

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