I don’t have any excuses or wise insights as to why this happened. I just don’t know. Yes, the Ducks have had to deal with injuries this post season and yes they lost three key players overnight. But what have the Ducks been proving basically the entire regular season? That they can overcome diversity, that their advantage wasn’t only goaltending depth but also scoring depth.
Yet the series is tied 2-2. I’m not going to sit here and bash either team. That would be pointless. But I won’t hide my disappointment. Because this just flat out sucks.
It sucks because Hayward called Jonas ‘The Forgotten Man’ and that stung. Jonas is my hero. I’ve defended him for years, I wear his name on my back with pride. I don’t want him to be forgotten. It sucks because we lost our captain. The same man who overcame a puck to the face and had a new baby girl all within 24 hours; someone we sometimes see as invincible. It sucks because Teemu wasn’t suited up. He wasn’t there as a key veteran presence. It sucks because we lost.
We’ve been privileged this season to not know the bitter taste of losses very often…but this tastes even more vile now that it’s the post season.
But we can’t give up hope. The Anaheim Ducks are strong, talented, and determined. Which means we have to be too. We fly together. Let’s go Ducks.
I hope he is able to make a smooth recovery, though it pains me to say I wouldn’t be surprised if this injury has permanent ramifications on his career. But let’s send him some positive vibes, guys. We love you Robi.