Ryder lifts Bruins to epic OT victory, 5-4


Ryder lifts Bruins to epic OT victory, 5-4

By Joe Haggerty

MONTREAL Who would have ever thought Michael Ryder would be the hero? The winger scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner just 1:59 into overtime, to lead the Bruins to a 5-4 victory at the Bell Centre in an epic Game 4.The series is now tied 2-2 and is headed back to Boston.P.K. Subban appeared to have the third-period winner when he snapped off a power play strike through a Tomas Plekanec screen to beat Tim Thomas high blocker side, but the game wasn't over.The Bruins still had fight left in them, and tied things up with less than six minutes to go when Michael Ryder threw a no-look pass that Chris Kelly eventually fired home for the game-tying score.The Montreal freight train ran through the Bruins early as the Habs outshot the Bs by a 15-8 total in the first period, and hopped on the board with a Brent Sopel shot aided by a Tomas Kaberle deflection. U2s Vertigo blares each time the Habs score, and it seemed to be the soundtrack of Bostons hockey nightmare.But the Bs fought back in the second period.Ryder finally showed up in the series with his first goal of the playoffs a sniper shot over Carey Prices glove hand that tied it up just 2:13 into the second period. The Canadiens answered with their speed and craftiness, and the relentless Mike Cammalleri regained the lead for Montreal when he teamed up with Brian Gionta to overpower Bostons fourth line.
Andrei Kostitsyn added a 2-on-1 goal after a tardy change by Johnny Boychuk, and Claude Julien called a strategically timed time out.While several Habs were spotted laughing and celebrating on the bench, the Bruins strapped on the boots and got back to work. The Bs outshot the Habs 22-7 for the rest of regulation and took over the game.Andrew Ference snapped off a glove-side knuckler of a shot to close it to a one-goal game. Ference was spotted flipping a middle finger to the Bell Centre crowd after scoring the goal, and that will certainly earn some kind of league punishment.Patrice Bergeron tied it up with less than three minutes to go in the second with his second goal of the playoffs, and set off the SubbanKelly matching tallies that pushed things to overtime. Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.



Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

Report: Changes coming to Bruins' uniforms?

The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations. 

According to a report on Sportslogos.net, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.

There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.

The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.

The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis.