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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 Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks.