BOSTON — If it seemed like the first couple months of the NHL season Boston Bruins winger Michael Ryder was trying out centers like Larry King gives wives a spin, you’re right.
Ryder bounced from Marc Savard to Patrice Bergeron before Thanksgiving arrived. Then the day after Turkey Day, he landed on David Krejci’s right wing and scored two goals. To say Ryder has found a perfect fit would be an understatement.
Ryder has scored 14 of his 17 goals on the season in the 20 games since he was joined with Krejci and left winger Blake Wheeler. The Newfoundland native’s two goals today helped the Bruins down Carolina, 5-1 — and both were the result of feeds from Krejci.
“Last year when we were playing against him, I noticed him on the ice – the skill level that he has,” said Ryder, the former Montreal Canadiens sniper, about his current pivot. “And now playing with him, he’s real patient with the puck and he makes things happen and gives me and ‘Wheels’ time to get open and he finds ways to get pucks to us. It’s good when you have a guy that can hold onto the puck and give your wingers time and space.” (more…)