KANATA, Ontario — Bobby Ryan was startlingly critical of his Senators team after it allowed three third-period goals in a loss to the Islanders Friday night. Ryan’s coach challenged him to step up on Sunday against the Rangers — and so did some young fans, albeit in a very different way.
Ryan did — and now those fans are getting a puppy as a result.
The young fans at Canadian Tire Centre were seen before and during the game holding up a sign telling Ryan, “If You Score, My Dad Promised We Can Get a Puppy. ” Ryan, the second-leading scorer for the Senators, then scored the deciding goal with 19.9 seconds left in the second period in the Senators’ 3-0 win.
On Friday, Ryan said, “It’s our job to play 60 minutes and we had a problem in the third period. We were all over the ice.” Coach Dave Cameron was asked about that before Sunday’s game and was sanguine.
“I like guys making comments because now they have to do it,” said Cameron, who can get animated during news conferences. “If you say the check is in the mail, it had better be in the mail.”