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B's Visit an Old Friend in Dallas

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Boston Bruins have only played the Dallas Stars three times in the last three seasons, and it’s safe to assume the two teams aren’t overly familiar with each other.

But there is one skater on the Dallas bench the B’s are actually quite fond of, and that’s former teammate and Stanley Cup champion Michael Ryder.

Goaltender Tim Thomas is slated get the start in net Saturday for the Bruins, but he doesn’t expect the game to be any easier because he’s familiar with Ryder, who spent three seasons with the Bruins before signing with Dallas over the summer.

“The game is going to dictate what kind of opportunities he has,” Thomas said. “In a game, as long as it’s not a breakaway or something like that, he’s going to be forced to shoot in certain spots because that’s the only way the puck is going to be able to go through.

“It doesn’t really help to know him, but the only thing you have to know is he has the talent to find that spot so you have to be ready to cover it.”

Ryder joined the team in 2008, and forward Milan Lucic skated with him for three of his first four years in the NHL.

“It’s going to be different,” Lucic said. “He’s been here for the last three years and I know him as a Bruin in my career more than anything.

"It was unfortunate he wasn’t able to stick around, and obviously he’s having a good year over there in Dallas.”

This season, Ryder has 14 goals and 11 assists and his 25 points are fourth best on the team.

Although Ryder left the B’s, he rejoined former Montreal Canadiens teammate Mike Ribiero, and Shawn Thornton said that’s part of the reason he’s playing well.

“He’s having some success here too playing with his old 'liney' [Ribiero],” Thornton said. “I’m not sure I’ll see him other than at the rink, but Ryds [Ryder] is a good guy – a good teammate and he helped us get a ring so I’m happy for him having success there.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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