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Ryder's Goal Gave B's Late Lift

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
SUNRISE, Florida - Not a whole heck of a lot went well for the Boston Bruins on Monday night in Tampa Bay where the Black & Gold fell to the Lightning 3-1 on the strength of Steve Stamkos' league leading 20th goal and tallies by Dana Tyrell and Teddy Purcell.

Boston Bruins right wing Michael Ryder (73, left) celebrates in front of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina, of the Czech Republic, (13) after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won the game 3-1. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Michael Ryder's goal at 10:38 (from Blake Wheeler and Jordan Caron) was one of just a few highlights for the road-tripping Bruins (11-6-2, 4-4-2 in their last 10), who will take on the Panthers (9-10-9, 5-5-0) here in southern Florida on Wednesday night.

"Yeah, I was just carrying it up the wing first and I was taking it wide. I think all the guys came at me and [Caron] managed to get it and just poke it in the middle and [Wheeler] took a shot," said Ryder.

"I don’t think it was one of his best shots, but it came right to me and I just tapped it in there."

On a night where the Lightning entered the game without superstar forward Vincent Lecavalier, it was the Bruins who needed a re-charge in the third period.

Ryder's goal tapped into whatever the B's had held in reserve and made the waning moments mildly interesting, if not even more frustrating for the Bruins who entered the game on a four game points streak (3-0-1). But at the end of the night it was Tampa that stood in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Boston in seventh.

Ryder said that the B's seemed to have figured out the Lightning attack between the second and third stanzas.

"I think we figured out what would give us success," he said the B's energy in the third. "You know, I think the first two periods we didn’t really know how to take it to their neutral zone [trap] and I think in the third period, we figured it out.

"We had a lot more success and did it well and it showed because I think we had chances in the third and we got ourselves actually a chance to win the game."

Maybe, but the Lightning really weren't in any danger until the last ten minutes of the contest.

"Well, at first, we were dumping it in, we weren’t getting to the pucks," said Ryder. "When we were getting it in, [Tampa goaltender Mike] Smith plays the puck a lot and he just rimmed it around.

"I think once we figured out how to get through them with speed and get the puck past him without him playing it, i think that’s what we figured out in the third."

In what is becoming a rather familiar refrain, Ryder lamented a good performance by Tuukka Rask (now 1-5-1, 2.36 GAA and .940 sv%) that went without Tuukka's earning a "w".

"Yeah, well he definitely made some big saves there," said Ryder. "They had couple opportunities to go up 4-1, but he made those saves that gave us a chance to come back.
"He’s playing well and it’s too bad we can’t get more wins for him right now."

Boston returns to practice at the Bank Atlantic Center on Tuesday afternoon.
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