Ryder

Ryder

With the Montreal Canadiens back home after dropping the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Bruins at Boston, there was potential for the Habs to find new life and make it a series.

But winger Michael Ryder, who just last summer defected from Montreal to Boston as a free agent, wouldn’t let the Habs get up for air. Ryder totaled three goals, one assist and a plus-4 rating in Games 3 and 4 to earn my Bruin of the Week award.

Ryder scored the game-winning goal in Game 3 with just 2:39 left in the second period of a game the Bruins went on to win 4-2 to take a commanding 3-o series lead. Then with his club down 1-0 late in the first period, Ryder scored an unassisted goal and set up David Krejci for the goal that put Boston ahead for good en route to the four-game sweep. Ryder truly made the Habs pay for their mistake of letting him walk without compensation.

Other candidates last week were Krejci (1-2-3, plus-5), defenseman Dennis Wideman (0-3-3, plus-2) and goaltender Tim Thomas (2-0, 49 saves on 52 shots).