There's more to Bobby Ryan than meets the eye — especially the eye of folks in the Eastern Conference who mostly only saw the Senators' new winger scoring pretty goals on highlight packages when he was with the Anaheim Ducks.
Clearly, the guy likes to throw his weight around.
Ryan had five hits to lead all Senators in Tuesday's overtime victory in Phoenix, including a bone-rattler on Rostislav Klesla that left the big defenceman dazed and confused. When Klesla picked himself up, he skated toward the bench for a line change then changed his mind. But it was too late for his replacement to stop from jumping over the boards and leaving the Coyotes with too many men on the ice.
Jason Spezza scored 17 seconds into the ensuing power play to give the Senators their first lead of the night.
Through the first six games, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Ryan is tied with Jared Cowen for most hits on the team. Those two have 18, which is a half dozen fewer than Chris Neil.