MONTREAL – It’s ironic that no Bruins’ player has become more synonymous with the team’s failures over the last few seasons than Michael Ryder, yet no player has exceeded his regular-season performances with playoff brilliance more than Ryder.
BOSTON — There’s no way the Bruins will beat Montreal in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series that starts tonight at TD Garden if they’re going to be a one-line or even two-line team.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — If today’s practice lines at Ristuccia Arena are any indication of which way head coach Claude Julien is leaning for his playoff lineup, the battle to be the 12th forward might be a two-man battle.
Once the playoffs get started next week, Bruins winger Shawn Thornton should be fully healed and cleared to play.
So time is running short for those players that want to be Boston’s 12th forward once Thornton is back in the lineup.
BOSTON — After what has amounted to another lost regular season by Michael Ryder, the Bruins have to be hoping he’s going to find his scoring touch come the playoffs — if he’s in the lineup.
BOSTON — Michael Ryder’s last-gasp attempt to avoid a goal-less month of March came fractions of an inch shy tonight.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Michael Ryder says he’s changed linemates so much this season that an in-game switch like the one he experienced Tuesday night in the win over New Jersey is no big deal.
That they lost last night’s game in overtime at Nashville and still did plenty wrong shouldn’t overshadow what the Bruins accomplished offensively.
In a minor miracle, they actually got goals from three different lines in one game.
The Bruins’ lineup will be much younger tonight than it has been in recent weeks with second-year goaltender Tuukka Rask and rookie forward Tyler Seguin both in action on the road against Columbus tonight.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien made it clear this morning that he will make a decision later today between Michael Ryder and Tyler Seguin as the third line’s right winger for the game in Columbus tonight.
Although this season’s supposed to be Michael Ryder’s swan song with the Bruins, his play down to this point and down the stretch could open the door for a Causeway Street encore.
They don’t come much streakier than Bruins winger Michael Ryder.
BOSTON – On paper, Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder seem an unlikely pair of wingers for playmaking center Marc Savard.
The Bruins had a reason to party like it was 2009 tonight, and not just because they pulled out a win in Sunrise, Fla., over the Florida Panthers.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Either Michael Ryder is an Olivier-caliber actor, or he is truly oblivious to the fact that his name has been coming up for months as the leading candidate to be sliced from the Bruins’ salary cap once Marc Savard and Marco Sturm are ready to return from long-term injury reserve.