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

Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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