Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, who was suspended for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals series vs. Nashville following a stomping incident on Nashville's Jonathon Blum, will be back for tomorrow's Game 5 at Honda Center. Following an afternoon practice at Honda Center, Ryan spoke to media about the experience of his first NHL suspension.
On how tough it was to sit out, Very tough. At this time of year, you want to play and compete with your teammates. It was very tough to watch it unfold and not be able to participate.
On what he did during Games 3 and 4, I just watched and cheered and supported my teammates, watched from the press box. Mostly is was just supporting my teammates and being around for them. On handling the emotions of the games, I think I kept my heart rate down a little bit. When you’re not caught up in the emotions of the games, it can get to you. It’s definitely tough listening to fans talk around us, yelling and screaming and supporting their team and not being able to say anything. I just tried to just observe it as one of the guys. I’m certainly not analytical, because I’m not in the positon to do that. I just tried to watch plays develop.
On whether he will change his play after the suspension, Not at all. I’ve obviously never had anything like this before. I’ve never been called a dirty player or malicious player or anything like that. I won’t change a thing, absolutely not.
On whether he’s energized by the time off, I’ve had some rest, yeah. [laughs] I’ve been able to relax a little bit and support the guys. Practices have been a little tougher for me than they normally are this time of year. I’ll certainly have a little fire lit under me tomorrow.
On what he learned, Just to be a little more careful out there and not to stomp on anybody’s foot, is all you can really say. I’ve already put it in the rear view mirror. I’m thankful the guys won last night to tie it up, but I talked to my linemates today on the game plan we’re going to go forward with and that’s what’s on my mind.
On the pressure on the top line, We have to carry the load. That’s the pressure that’s put on us and we’ve set the bar there. There is no more pressure than what the three of us put on each other. Saku has played well, Teemu has played well, our power play has executed. All of that adds up to taking pressure off of us. But we certainly feel that we’re the catalysts on this team and have to put our best foot forward every night.