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Ryder, B's Look to Avoid 2-0 Deficit in Series

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Boston winger Michael Ryder and the B's understand what a Lightning win in tonight's Game 2 would mean to the Bruins chances of moving on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Ryder. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
"We don’t want to be down 2-0," said Ryder. "I think Tampa is a different team than Montreal.

"They just swept Washington so you know it’s not going to be easy if you get down two-nothing. We want to make sure we win this one tonight and even the series up.

"That’s what our goal is, and we’re not looking to far ahead, just on the win tonight," he said.

Mistakes cost the Bruins dearly in Game 1 and Ryder said Boston will work to keep their miscues to a minimum.

"I think we did a lot of good things but...I think maybe early in the game we weren’t as sharp as we should have been," said Ryder. "We made a couple mistakes that cost us goals.

"That team on the other side when you make mistakes and give them chances they capitalize on that. That’s what their strength is and we got to stay away from that.

"And I think tonight it’s all about the start we got to set the tone early, be physical," said Ryder, who added, "It’s all about outworking them."

The status of Patrice Bergeron remains unknown, but no matter what his line assignment may be during Game 2, Ryder stands a very decent chance of playing in some key defensive situations on Tuesday night.

"I don’t know...who we’re playing against or what’s going to happen, but yeah for sure," said Ryder. "If we’re out there we need to make sure we’re responsible defensively, and when we get the puck we’d rather play in the offensive zone.

"But when we’re in the defensive zone we need to be really smart and strong on our sticks.

"Those guys are skilled players and they make plays, we need to be ready to shut them down."

Ryder explained that evening the series tonight would make all the difference when the Conference Finals shift to Tampa Bay.

"Yeah, it’s a long series you know. And we lost the first two against Montreal and we don’t want to be in that same boat," he said. "We've got to make sure we get this win

"It’s a little different situation than the first round, but you never want to go down two games. For us it’s all about...work ethic, working hard and we need to get that win.

"I don’t think anyone wants to be down two-nothing," he said.
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