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Goal of the Night - Bobby Ryan (February 9)

Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne

Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf, from left, Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne, of Finland, celebrate Ryan’s goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday Feb. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press - Darryl Dyck)


Aside from the occasional night off – or the even less common instance when a save or goal isn’t deemed worthy – the gang at PHT will decide which tally or stop is the best of any given night. Once those two winners are determined, we’ll share our reasoning (and most importantly, the video clip for each) in posts for your viewing pleasure.

How much did the Anaheim Ducks miss Ryan Getzlaf?

Wednesday’s Goal of the Night basically answers that question in two different ways. When you see Getzlaf’s brilliant moves, including his behind-the-back pass, the answer seems to be “Well, of course they missed him terribly.”

Yet when you study Bobby Ryan’s almost-nonchalant backhand finish, there’s the second half of that answer: “But not as terribly as one might have expected.”

That’s because Ryan and the rest of the Ducks managed an impressive 10-4-0 record in Getzlaf’s absence. Still, beating the Vancouver Canucks requires a concerted effort. Judging from this clip, the Ducks are very happy to have their power forwards at-or-around full strength.
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