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Ryder, B's Storm Back vs. Bolts

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin wasn't the only Bruin to have a standout performance on Tuesday night in TD Garden.


Michael Ryder notched two goals and added an assist during the B's entertaining 6-5 win over Tampa Bay.

"Yeah, it was definitely a big win for us," said Ryder. "We don’t want to be down 2-0.

"I think we came out hard, and after the first, we were disappointed with the result.

"But I think we did a lot of good things in the second. We just came out, kept doing things we did in the first and we managed to score some goals."

Seguin, Ryder's linemate, sparked spoked-B's offensive explosion the second with a breakaway goal that set the TD Garden aflame.

"Well he’s definitely working hard right now and playing well," said Ryder of the B's prize rookie's performance. "That’s what we need. When guys go down with injuries, [other players] suddenly step in and step up and play huge.

"He’s doing that right now, and we have a little bit of chemistry right now. We played during the regular season a bit, and we’ve just got to make sure we keep it going."

Seguin doesn't see any problem with that  chemistry continuing to fourish.

"I think I always felt we were clicking throughout the season," said Seguin of Ryder. "He gave me my first NHL goal in the regular season and my first playoff goal, so I’ve got to give a lot of credit to that guy.

"I think I try to use my speed and I’ve always been a decent playmaker and he’s got a tremendous shot. So really when I’m in their zone, I’m just looking for that guy and I know he’s not going to make a mistake."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien sees something in the Seguin/Ryder trio centreed by Chris Kelly.

"When you look back to before [Patrice Bergeron] got injured, there was Kelly, Ryder and [Rich] Peverley on that line that seemed to do extremely well," he said. "So Kelly seems to fit really well also with Ryder.

"But those two guys [Ryder and Seguin] -- big games.

"I mean, four goals between the two of them and certainly a big reason why we won this game tonight."

With much of the attention being put on his line, Ryder reminded the press that there was at least one more player who deserved kudos.

"I think in the third we sat back a little bit and we weren’t skating, we were just kind of watching a little bit," said Ryder. "Timmy [Thomas] came up huge.

"He made a lot of big saves, and that’s what we need out of him this time of year.

"I think we have to learn from the third period that we can’t do that because the team on the other side, they’re not going to give up."

Meanwhile, even though the Bruins travel to Florida on Wednesday, the momentum has shifted toward's Boston.

"For now, I think," said Ryder. "But they’re probably going to say that they came into our building and stole one.

"So, they’re probably happy with 1-1.

"But yeah, we’ve just got to make sure next game we come out hard, like we did tonight, and set the tone," he said.
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