Michael Ryder won Game 4 by scoring the OT winner. If the Bruins win Game 5, it will be in part because he pinch-hit for goaltender Tim Thomas.
Michael Cammalleri outraced the defense, tried to deke Thomas, then saw teammate Tomas Plekanec all alone in the slot. He dished a perfect pass for what looked like a sure goal – only to have Ryder dive across and get it with his right glove ... a save any goaltender would have been proud of.
"That was a big save. Unbelievable," coach Claude Julien told Versus' Darren Pang coming out of the second TV timeout midway through the period.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres