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

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

BRIGHTON -- The on-ice portion of Bruins practice kicked off about an hour later than scheduled at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning.

The B's are reeling, having lost four games in a row for the first time this season after getting dumped by the Penguins, 5-1, in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Their standing in the Atlantic Division, and the playoff picture, is tenuous at best with so many other teams holding games in hand over them, and it truly looks like they're going to slide out of the race if they can’t reverse their fortunes.

So Claude Julien, saying "desperate times call for desperate measures," summoned the players to a video session where flaws, mistakes, half-hearted efforts and bad systems-play was pointed out in front of everyone. The team then took the ice to iron out those problems in an hour-long practice that the embattled Bruins coach hopes will lead to better results in the final two games, against Detroit and Pittsburgh, before the All-Star break.

“He was showing details that we were doing well early on in the season to have success, and little things that we’ve gotten away from that we need to correct,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We need to start doing them again. It’s a game of little details and we need to make sure we do them right.”

While Chara wouldn’t comment on the tone of the video session, it’s clear that things like effort, determination and desperation were probably talking points just as much as fine-tuning Julien’s long-held offensive and defensive systems.

“It’s commitment," said Chara. "That’s for sure, that we need to have everybody doing that. We shouldn’t . . . at this level, at this time of the season, [have to be] asking guys to work hard. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is working hard, and everybody is paying his dues to be in the lineup and earn a spot.

“That’s the No. 1 priority: You have to compete and you have to work hard. Usually when you do those things, good things happen. We’ve got to back to those little things [with] hard work, commitment and competing every shift.”

Will an honest, direct video session between head coach and players be the key to stopping the team’s most demoralizing stretch of the season, and lead to a prolonged winning streak? Only time will tell.

But the Bruins need something to get spinning in an entirely different direction. 

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack ESPN.com staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”