That early-season slump in Boston seems so long ago right now.
Michael Ryder scored in regulation and again in the shootout on Saturday night as the Bruins moved into first place in the Northeast Division with a 4-3 victory against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.
Ryder's goal in regulation was one of three power-play goals for the Bruins (13-8-5), who overcame an early 2-0 deficit, and have won five of their last six games.
Ryder scored the lone goal in the shootout, which came after the first six participants failed. He was just 2-for-14 in his career and 0-for-2 this season before the winner.
"I feel like I think too much, maybe that was the difference," Ryder said. "I just went on instinct. I really didn't know what I was going to do going in on him."
The Senators (13-7-4) got off to a fast start with a pair of goals in the first 7:22. Daniel Alfredsson tallied his ninth goal of the season at 4:22 when he gained control near the left boards before firing a wrister past Tim Thomas (19 saves). Milan Michalek made it 2-0 less than three minutes later via the power play as he took a pass from Alfredsson and ripped a wrister from the right circle past Thomas.
"I thought we got off to a real good start, almost too good, too soon, then we sort of just got very lethargic in the middle frame of that game," Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said. "I thought the last part of the second period and a good portion of the third period we were OK, but we didn't do enough good things."
Boston got on the comeback trail early in the second, as David Krejci scored on the power play just 59 seconds into the period. With Nick Foligno in the box for tripping, Krejci flipped a backhand shot past Brian Elliott (30 saves) and underneath the crossbar to make it 2-1.
Ryder tied the game with a power-play goal of his own roughly nine minutes later, converting on Zdeno Chara's feed with a wrist shot for his seventh goal of the season.
Dennis Wideman capitalized on yet another Boston power play when he beat Elliott 9:19 into the third to give Boston the lead. After Alex Kovalev was whistled for interference, Wideman took a pass from Krejci and fired a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that beat a screened Elliott as the Bruins grabbed their first lead of the night.
But Michalek tied the game for Ottawa in the final minute of regulation, as his wrist shot from point-blank range beat Thomas with just 19.3 seconds to go.
"We had to battle back and get some positives out of it," Foligino said.
Material from wire services was used in this report.
1 - 0 OTT
2 - 0 OTT
2 - 1 OTT
2 - 2 Tie
3 - 2 BOS