Sunday, March 13, 2011

THE RETURN OF RAY ... ON SUNDAE SUNDAY!



There were a few great things that happened to me at the Anaheim Ducks game on Sunday night at the Honda Center - none of which was watching a dismal-looking Ducks lose a really important down-the-stretch game to the Coyotes.

The great things were (not necessarily in this order):

(1) It was "Sundae Sunday" in the Ducks' players family/friends room in the bowels of the arena, which meant two very happy kids of mine (thanks for the hookup, Big George) got to enjoy hot fudge monstrosities with sprinkles on top in between the second and third periods. Yum.

(2) Coyotes forward Andrew Ebbett reminded me that it is not always only about the goalie when it comes to stopping da puck. Nice save ... for a non-goalie, that is! (See it at 2:40 in video above this post.)

(3) Goalie Ray Emery of the Ducks made his post-hip surgery debut in the third period in relief of a shaky Dan Ellis, stopping all nine shots he faced. Yeah, yeah. I am a sucker for a medical comeback, but Ray has had quite the journey since he last played in the NHL in Feb. 2010 and I was pumped to be there in the second row to see him have a solid return.

What people who watched from their couches did not see on TV was that Ray was vigorously stretching his hips during TV timeouts, though he didn't appear stiff or injured at all. Perhaps the 28-year-old was just being safe. After all, you can never stretch too much - especially after basically having your hip replaced.

Now, if only every night was Sundae Sunday ... ah, a boy can dream.

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