The game-winning goals Boston Bruins winger Michael Ryder has scored this season haven’t always been that dramatic — what with the Bruins’ propensity for not playing tight games and just winning going away.
But this week, Ryder came up with two crucial goals to put the Bruins on their way to a pair of important road wins. For his two game-winning goals and a plus-3 rating in three games, Ryder is my Bruin of the Week for the week ending Dec. 28.
After the Carolina Hurricanes tied Saturday night’s game midway through the second period, the third period was a back-and-forth battle with neither team able to grab the lead. That was until Ryder cashed in on a feed from Marc Savard after the center stole a Carolina outlet pass. The Bruins didn’t let the Hurricanes catch them again.
And then the Bruins needed a hero to help them complete a sweep of their weekend back-to-back situation, and Ryder came through again. This time he streaked to the net to redirect a David Krejci feed for a 2-1 lead with 6:04 remaining in regulation. The Bruins hung on and extended their winning streak to eight straight.