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Ryder, Bruins Even Up Series With OT Win Over Canadiens

Michael Ryder, Andrew Ference, Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Do you believe in miracles?

Cliche, I know. But, the Bruins just spent a couple days hanging out in Lake Placid, New York at the site of the Miracle on Ice, so the context is there. And with a second straight win in Montreal on Thursday night, it’s safe to call the Bruins’ turnaround thus far a miracle.

Despite having never led all game, the Bruins prevailed 5-4 in a game they absolutely had to win if they wanted to have any chance of winning the series. Michael Ryder, of all people, scored the game-winning goal in overtime to even the series at two games apiece.

The Game

Brent Sopel got the scoring going, putting the Habs up 1-0. It also put the Bruins up against the Canadiens’ crowd, who really showed up to cheer. Just like last game, the fans also managed to boo Zdeno Chara every single time he touched the puck. Classy people.

Anyway, Ryder got the B’s on the board early in the second period with his first goal of the playoffs. The Habs then countered with two more a few minutes later (one each from Mike Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn) to give Montreal a 3-1 lead halfway through the second.

Admit it. At this point, it didn’t look good. They were on the road. The crowd was going wild. They were down 2-1 in the series. But, they continued to fight.

Just two minutes later, Andrew Ference broke through, beating Carey Price (30 saves) to get the B’s within one (he also flipped off the crowd, to boot). With just three minutes to go Patrice Bergeron knocked home his second goal of the series to tie it up.

In the third period, P.K. Subban scored on the power play to give the Habs a one-goal lead. In the third period, that means they start playing conservatively. So, the Bruins relentlessly attacked, firing numerous shots and on a few occasions, they nearly scored.

Finally, Chris Kelly broke through with just over six minutes to go in regulation. He bounced in a loose puck through Price’s legs for the equalizer.

The Bruins had to fend off a late power play thanks to a questionable interference call on Dennis Seidenberg. Fortunately for Boston, Montreal wasn’t able to create much offensively toward the end of regulation.

In the overtime period, the Habs nearly scored a minute in, but Tim Thomas denied them. He finished with 34 saves.

Soon after, Ryder banged home his second goal of the game 1:59 into the first overtime. He slapped home the game-winner on Kelly’s pass from behind the net.

Looking Ahead

First, Claude Julien’s job is safe at least through Game 6.

Seriously though, the Bruins are now tied 2-2, and the team has two of the next three possible games in Boston, including Game 7. Before we can talk Game 7, we must talk Game 5…which is Saturday night.

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