Michael Ryder’s power-play goal 9:34 into the second period broke a 3-3 tie and put the Boston Bruins ahead to stay en route to a 6-3 win at Scottrade Center. Here’s the game story from Yahoo.
Ryder is now officially on fire. The veteran winger now has seven goals (three game-winners) in the Bruins’ last eight games.
•Meanwhile, rookie winger Blake Wheeler won the battle of the Calder Trophy candidates by scoring two goals in the game’s opening4:59 and finishing the night at plus-1.
Fellow rookie and St. Louis winger Patrik Berglund was held off the scoreboard and was a minus-1. Wheeler, Berglund and Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski are now all tied for the rookie lead with 11 goals. Wheeler is alone in the lead among rookies in plus/minus at plus-19.
•With two assists, Phil Kessel has now extended his scoring streak to 18 games.
•With Patrice Bergeron out, the Bruins’ first power play unit featured Dennis Wideman at the point along with Zdeno Chara. The two defensemen had some trouble moving the puck back and forth, and one Wideman miscue led to a St. Louis shorthanded goal by Jay McClement. Wideman also missed a bouncing puck in the neutral zone that led to another St. Louis goal. But the veteran backliner and former Blue made up for it with a key clear from the goal line on a Yan Stastny redirect bid, which led to a Marc Savard goal on the counterattack.