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A Minor Miracle?

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- On Thursday morning, prior to Game 4, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said that although the team had gone to Lake Placid, the site of 1980 Winter Olympics and Team USA's unlikely gold medal, the Bruins "weren’t looking for any miracles."

Boston Bruins' Michael Ryder (73) celebrates as Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price looks on after scoring the overtime winning goal of Game 4 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series in Montreal, Thursday, April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
But a miracle - at least a minor one - found them with 5-4 overtime win in Montreal's Bell Centre as Michael Ryder scored the B's first goal and added the game-winner in a stunning Bruins victory that tied Boston's quarterfinal series with the Canadiens at 2-2.

"I think it was on a turnover...and [Rich Peverley] took the shot there and it just missed the net and [Chris Kelley] just spun in and saw me there far side," explained Ryder.

"I ended up putting it in the net and it was a huge win for us.

"I think everyone is excited to tie the series up," he said.

With survival in the series hanging in the balance, Boston did not come out of the locker room for the first or second period with the kind of early results the team had talked about pregame.

"They scored two quick goals and, obviously, in this building they had momentum and I just wanted to slow things down to start with," said Julien of his decision to call a timeout after Montreal's third goal at 7:47 of the middle stanza. "At the same time I just told our team to relax and there was still half a game left to play.

"We had to stick to our game plan, and we just seemed -- as the game went on -- [to get] better and better and found a way to get back into it and found a way to win it at the end."

Kelly's game-tying goal brought the Bruins all the way back from the brink of a 3-1 series and game hole and set up Ryder's heroics.

"Well, I think what he did for us tonight is what we wanted him to do and what we expect of him," said Julien of Ryder. "He’s a guy who has a great shot and needs to use it, but tonight he also competed really hard and was in the right areas and obviously gave us that big win.

"But you need your players to step up at this time of year and every night a lot of times there is a different guy stepping up and tonight it was Michael.

"Hopefully that is good for his confidence especially having been a healthy scratch near the end of the year and hopefully he can build on that and get some confidence and keep being the player he was tonight."

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