From trash to treasure: the story of Ryan’s broken stick

Bobby Ryan says he had no idea what happened to the broken stick he used to score with 9.8 seconds left in regulation Sunday. Until, that is, he received a tweet from a fan

Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators shows his dejection after not scoring on Kari Lehtonen in the shootout and losing to the Dallas Stars at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, November 03, 2013.

Bobby Ryan says he had no idea what happened to the broken stick he used to score with 9.8 seconds left in regulation Sunday. Until, that is, he received a tweet from a fan.

“Some kid got it,” said Ryan. “Somebody sent me a picture saying that his kid got my broken stick last night. I don’t know if they camped out by the trash or how it worked. (When I went to the bench), I just grabbed a new stick because we were going into overtime. I never saw it again.”

Ryan was caught up in the moment and says he didn’t reflect on how it must have looked to be holding a piece of a stick in both hands as he celebrated. Until, again, the power of social media took over.

“Yeah, it looked like I had nunchucks or whatever you want to call it, or like the Gladiator there for a few seconds. People have been writing about it and I know (some people) made videos with it.

“It turned out to be pretty good, but in the moment, I wasn’t thinking about it.”

A TALE OF TWO GOALTENDERS: Late Monday, the Senators recalled goaltender Nathan Lawson from Binghamton of the AHL. Lawson, who owns a 5-1-0 record with a 2.22 goals against average with Binghamton, will serve as Robin Lehner’s back-up as long as Craig Anderson remains out due to his neck injury.

Before Lawson was called up, Ryan Dube got the call – from Carleton University.

Dube was pressed into emergency service for the injured Anderson at practice Monday at the Canadian Tire Centre before the Senators left for Columbus. Dube was “watching football and doing homework” when he got word the Senators needed him for Monday’s workout.

PAGEAU PLAYS BIG IN BINGO: Binghamton scored five goals on the weekend and Jean-Gabriel Pageau figured in every one, assisting on all five. Pageau, assigned to Binghamton from Ottawa early in the week, picked up an assist in Friday’s 3-1 loss to Adirondack. In Sunday’s 4-2 win over Syracuse, he had four more helpers.

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