Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan substantially improved his chances of making the U.S. Olympic team by scoring two goals and setting up a third in the Anaheim Ducks' 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif.
The win moved the Ducks within eight points of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff seed.
Ryan has 19 goals. Entering last night, he was tied with Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone for the most goals this season by American-born players. The U.S. Olympic roster will be announced today.
"To be honest, I thought about it more at the beginning of the year," Ryan said. "I've tried to just let my play do the talking and try to get this team out of the basement. . . . I'll be tuned in to the TV like everybody else waiting for the announcement, and I hope to wear the colors in February."
The Penguins' Sidney Crosby, 22, the youngest captain in NHL history to win a Stanley Cup, was chosen yesterday for Canada's Olympic hockey team.
Among the other top selections were New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur, defenseman Scott Niedermayer of Anaheim, and Calgary forwards Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton.
Joining Brodeur in goal will be 2006 holdover Roberto Luongo of Vancouver and Penguins Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury.