NASHVILLE - Bobby Ryan can be pretty hard on himself, too.
After getting an in-person apology from Team US GM David Poile for degrading comments made public when he was left off the Olympic team roster, the Senators winger gave reporters a blatantly honest assessment as to why he believes he has equalled a season-long scoring slump.
Ryan said part of the reason he hasn't had a goal in four games is that he's been playing on the "perimeter" too much. In some circles, being called a perimeter player is as bad as saying a guy lacks intensity.
"When I feel like I'm not scoring, it's because I'm drifting," Ryan said in the visitors' dressing room at the Bridgestone Arena, where the Senators take on the Nashville Predators Saturday night. "I watched the game against Colorado the other night and I found myself being in areas where I could shoot the puck, and then kind of waiting for the puck to come to me a little too much, then you carry yourself just a bit too far. So for me, I consciously try to think about planting my feet a little more, whether it's standing in a one-timing position, or getting to the net.
"There was a couple of instances where (Erik Karlsson) shot the puck through the field goal (posts) last game ... they were high and wide all night, but I found myself kind of being in front then drifting away. That's my biggest thing.