Ryder

Ryder

A triumphant return helped our honoree earn this recognition last week.

Boston Bruins winger Michael Ryder got back into the line-up just two weeks after facial surgery to insert some metal plates and repair three fractures between his nose and eye. He hit the ice and picked up right where he left off — with three goals and two assists in three games to earn my Bruin of the Week honor.

In his premier game after his absence, Ryder registered a goal and an assist in a rout of Florida. Then he chipped in twice, plus added a helper, in the Bruins’ second romp of the week against Anaheim. For the week, he posted a plus-2 rating.

Other nominees this week included center Marc Savard (0-5-5, plus-2), defenseman Dennis Wideman (0-2-2, plus-4) and forward Byron Bitz (3-0-3, plus-3).