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Postgame Reaction: Game 4 @ MTL

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – In arguably the most important moment in the Bruins season, Boston forward Michael Ryder game up with the game-winning snipe in overtime to propel the B's to a 2-2 series tie with a 5-4 victory over the Canadiens Thursday night in the Bell Centre.

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)
It took just two minutes of extra time for Ryder to net the winner, but it was a long climb for Boston.

“I passed it up to Rhyds in our own end and Peverley picked it up kind of two on one and the shot went off the end boards. I just kind of threw it right on Rhyds stick and he put it in,” forward Chris Kelly told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.

Montreal scored first just 8:13 into the game when Brent Sopel netted his first goal of the postseason. Montreal continued to lay the pressure on Boston throughout the first period, outshooting the Bruins 15-8 in the opening frame.

But the Bruins staged a comeback in the second period.

“I thought it was a team effort. We put ourselves in some bad spots tonight, but I thought we did a good job coming back,” Kelly told NESN.

Just 2:13 into the second Ryder tied the game at one. Montreal then went on an offensive surge, scoring two goals in less than a minute to put Boston in a two-goal hole.

Boston battled back and cut the deficit in half with Andrew Ference’s first goal of the postseason at 9:59 in the second. Just over seven minutes later Patrice Bergeron tied the score again at three goals to each team.

The assists on Bergeron’s goal went to linemate Brad Marchand and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, to giving both Bergeron and Marchand a multiple-point game.

Montreal still outshot Boston 15-14 in the second, but the two teams skated into the second intermission knotted up.

P.K. Subban put Montreal up early in the third period with a power play goal just 1:39 into the frame. But Kelly got the Bruins back in the game with his second goal of the postseason with under seven minutes to play.

The remainder of regulation saw pressure from both teams and Boston kill off a late penalty to push the match into overtime, where Ryder provided the heroics.

“We played a pretty good third period, got the shots back to almost even. We just wanted to come out hard,” Kelly said.

“I thought we did a good job.”

The teams return to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday night.
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