The Dude Of The Week: Ryan Reaves
"The Dude Of The Week" first started on my Facebook page in March 2009, because I didn't know what to do with that text box that they added underneath your profile picture. Finally, I thought the perfect way to utilize that useless addition would be to present the latest "man crush" that I've developed over the past seven days. I did it for six years straight, week after week without interruption - until I stopped.
Note: Yeahhhh, I know. It's been awhile for DOTW. Like four months awhile, but again, it's back. Like that clingy ex, but this ex is someone worth rekindling a relationship with, so's get back to the business of living.
10/8/17: Ryan Reaves
And just like DOTW, hockey is back (they almost took about the same hiatus, actually). The Pens weren't off to the best of starts: Game 1 was a competitive flurry of goals (miss you Marc-Andre, miss you every day) and wound up at least getting a point out of the deal, but that Blackhawks game - yikes - kinda took the defending champion bloom off the rose.
Take us to Saturday night where Matt Murray shows up to be Stanley Cup Matt Murray and saves his way to a shutout. Then we had the puck dispersed to four different players to score four of their very own special goals.
One of those goal scores came from newcomer Ryan Reaves, which was almost an afterthought in comparison to the two beatdowns he laid in:
It’s been awhile since the Pens have had this type of enforcement, and with Crosby getting hunted down like he’s Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reaves fisticuffed his way into fans’ hearts on Saturday and set a benchmark for what opponents should be aware of when they feel inclined to go after one of our fancy goal scorers. Ryan Reaves is the Arn Anderson to Crosby’s Ric Flair and I couldn’t be happier.