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by Paul on 12/27/10 at 03:50 PM ET
from Eric Stehpens of Ducks Blog,
Bobby Ryan’s numbers for the Ducks to date – 14 goals and 27 points – are respectable enough but look beneath the surface and you’ll find a winger who has come up dry in December.
Ryan has just two goals and three assists with just four days left in the month, facts are which Ducks coach Randy Carlyle readily pointed out Sunday in a clear attempt to get his two-time 30-goal scorer going.
“Bobby Ryan is, I would say, in a slump,” Carlyle said. “[He] has got to take some responsibility in providing some offense too. He’s got over 20 minutes a game played and bottom line is we need more than what he’s given.”
The sharp critique of his play didn’t blindside Ryan as he said he’s heard it straight from the coach’s mouth. And it is something that he has no issue with.
“I’ve had a horrific month and I think it comes from me just getting away from the things that have made me successful,” Ryan said following a 4-1 loss to the Kings. “I know it’s there. I know I’m better than I’ve been playing and it’s been addressed obviously.
“I need to take a day here. Look at yourself in the mirror and come back at it.”
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