-- As Anaheim Ducks
forward Bobby Ryan
stepped out of the penalty box last Saturday, the puck bounded out of his team's defensive zone and toward the other end, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
Ryan, a three-time 30-goal scorer who famously undressed a couple of Nashville Predators
during the playoffs last season, seemed to have a step on the only defender giving chase.
Never fear – that defender was Predators captain Shea Weber
. Even at the end of a long power-play shift, Weber caught up to Ryan and played the body, delivering an enormous left shoulder with the full weight of his 6-foot-4, 232-pound frame to Ryan, and the play drifted harmlessly into the corner.
Earlier that morning, Ryan was asked what he might have learned about playing against Weber in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs that he had not already known. His words proved prophetic.
"I think he's a lot faster than I had originally thought," Ryan said. "I always knew he was a little deceptive with it, but we got in a couple of foot races where I thought I had a step or two and he's so explosive. He's got those two or three strides that get him going and he shuts down your time and space well, but other than that he's a straightforward player.