Ryder/By S. Bradley

The player almost everyone has wanted out of the Bruins’ lineup for months is now the most celebrated player on their roster, at least until Saturday night.

Michael Ryder erupted for his first three points of Boston’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Montreal last night. His first goal got the Bruins on the board and his second evened the series with a 5-4 overtime victory.

For his efforts Ryder is the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night. Game 5 is Saturday night, when new heroes will undoubtedly emerge.

Ryder hadn’t scored a non-penalty-shot goal in more than a month. As he said:

“You always get a little frustrated when you don’t score, and you don’t get that many opportunities, but [the first goal] was definitely a confidence boost. Hopefully now our line keeps generating stuff, helping to do whatever we can to help this team.”

Honorable mention: Chris Kelly (1-2-3) of Boston; Michael Cammalleri (1-2-3) of Montreal; Duncan Keith (2-2-4), Marian Hossa (2-1-3) and Corey Crawford (36-save shutout) of Chicago; Ryan Clowe (2 goals) of San Jose.

Last night’s scores
Bruins 5, Montreal 4 (OT)
Chicago 5, Vancouver 0
San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3

Tonight’s games
Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:30
Nashville at Anaheim, 10