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Bobby Ryan: It was great to be a part of the U.S.-Canada hockey game

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Hi again, everyone:

That was a great game to be part of. To beat Canada in their own barn in front of their own fans was pretty special. It was a pretty quiet building at the end; it was almost eerie. We enjoyed it in the locker room afterward. It’s a huge confidence boost for us.

As far as the game, I thought we were outplayed for quite a while. But Millsie (Ryan Miller) was great in net and made some huge saves for us.

Late in the second period, our line got an opportunity. When our line is out there, we really just try to bang some bodies and create chances. I played the puck to Brian Rafalski at the point – he’s been red hot, so I figured “why not!?”

He threw the puck to the net, and the three of us tried to converge on it. I got a shot off, but I think Chris Pronger actually tipped it to David Backes and he kept whacking at it, it turned into a cluster in front, and the puck bounced over to Chris Drury.

I had a great view of the puck going in. I feel fortunate to be on that line and play a part in such a big goal for us, it was pretty awesome.

Now we had the lead again, and we headed into the locker room up 3-2 after two periods. Not a whole lot was said, but we knew we had weathered the storm. We knew we had to keep our composure and make sure we let Millsie see everything (shots). If not, we were trying to block it for him.

I have family and friends in town, so we decided to go out for dinner and relax after the game. By the time we got done with the media obligations and got back to the village, it was already 9:30 p.m. So I just relaxed and went with my family and friends to dinner. It was pretty crazy downtown though!

We have Monday off, so we are planning on going over to support the women’s team (hockey) in the semifinals. Other than that, a day to relax for us. Obviously not knowing who we play next, we will watch the games Tuesday and look at video once we know our opponent. We will practice Tuesday and try our best to focus on ourselves and what we can do to improve. I plan on just hanging out with the guys Monday night and Tuesday and having dinner, and really trying to enjoy the moment.

(Click "continue reading" to see photos from inside the Olympic village).

-- Bobby Ryan

Winger Bobby Ryan of the Ducks and the U.S. Olympic hockey team is joining The Times' Olympic blog and will be posting his thoughts periodically during the Vancouver Games. Ryan, 22, is playing in his first Olympics.

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Upper photo: Bobby Ryan, Brian Rafalski and Chris Drury celebrate Drury's second-period goal that gave the U.S. a 3-2 lead against Canada. Credit: Luis Acosta / AFP/Getty Images

Center photo: Athletes have many ways to relax inside the Olympic village. Credit: Bobby Ryan

Lower photo: A look at one of the units the athletes are staying in. Credit: Bobby Ryan



 

 
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Comments (7)

Hey Bobby,

Thanks for the inside look! I was so incredibly impressed at how agressively Team USA played, you really dominated. I think the pressure got to Team Canada and you guys took advantage of some of their hesitancy. Also, thanks for keeping the main celebrating off the ice. The crying Canadians appreciate the respect.

Great game!!!! We are big hockey fans, and that game was amazing! You guys pulled it off! Keep up the intensity! You can do it!

Spectacular game! You made some great plays along the boards and that assist chip pass on the Drury goal was awesome. You guys made the entire Canadian nation want to pull Marty Brodeur, no small feat!

You are my hero, Mr. Ryan! Go Team U.S.A. Thanks for being good role models when the other major sports lack any nominees.

Bobby,

I am from Southern California, up here in Vancouver working in the International Broadcast Center. I was the only American in a group of about 25 Canadians watching the game. You guys made us (me) so proud, keep it up, I'll be cheering for you guys amongst the Canadians. I will never forget last night. Thanks!

That was an awesome game!! Upsetting Team Canada was quite a feat. Now keep your eyes on the prize and go for gold!! Very proud of Team USA.

Great win against Team Canada, Bobby. Remember to keep your eyes on the ultimate prize and you'll be on the Gold Medal stand at the end. As for what channel the game will be on and will it be live or on delay, however ....


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