Game Four Plus/Minus: B’s-Habs

The Boston Bruins tied up their series with the Montreal Canadiens after Michael Ryder scored an OT goal. It was Ryder’s second of the game after days where it was speculated he would be replaced by Tyler Seguin in the lineup.

Montreal actually got on the board first and it was the only time this series the first team that scored did not win the game.

Number Five- Michael Ryder’s First Goal

When Ryder scored 2:16 into the second period the Bruins were trailing two-nothing and looked lifeless.

Ryder’s head was being called by Bruins fans and Claude Julien seemed close to pulling the plug on the disappointing veteran.

Ryder’s breakaway to the left side of the net saw him fire a high shot whizzing by Carey Price’s shoulder. The goal tied the game for Boston.

Number Four- Patrice Bergeron’s Goal

Cue Jack Edwards- Tick, Tack, Goal.

Mark Recchi passed across the ice to Brad Marchand who went across the crease to Patrice Bergeron for the goal to make it a one goal game at 3-2 Habs with 2:56 left in the period. It was Bergeron’s second goal of the playoff and also the second at the doorstep of the goal. The past-present-future line of Recchi/Bergeron/Marchand has been the only producing line before this season.

Number Three- Late Penalty Kill

Dennis Seidenberg took a penalty with 2:19 left in the game to basically give the Habs a power play the rest of the game. The Bruins unit of Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand and Bergeron killed the penalty and forced overtime where the Bruins eventually won.

Seidenberg has struggled this series and in particular this game. You can only imagine the reaction in Boston if the Habs scored that power play with the way Seidenberg has performed.

Number Two- Chris Kelly’s Goal to Tie the Game

The Bruins were playing like they were before Ryder scored his first goal. Dreary, depressed, and being outplayed by Montreal.  That was when the Kelly/Peverley/Ryder line added their second goal of the night as Ryder’s back hand bounced off Price and Kelly poked it into the net.

Kelly was sent back to Boston yet with a facial fracture after PK Subban crashed him into the net. It did not seem to affect him last night.

Number One- Ryder’s OT Goal

Repeat the first paragraph and then multiply it by ten.

Ryder has been awful, as stated above. This win was so huge for the Bruins outside of the obvious, because they want Ryder confident.

If Ryder gets hot he can carry an offense and they need him to help on the power play. Tomas Kaberle hasn’t helped, so they need Ryder more than ever.


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