Michael Ryder was a shadow of his talented self two seasons ago under Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau in Montreal. This season? Wow.
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From a dismal year in Montreal two seasons ago, having fallen out of favour with Canadiens management and demoted to the pressbox, to a rebirth this year in Boston, scoring 27 goals and adding 26 assists. And a staggering plus-28.
Now former Canadien Michael Ryder has five goals and four assists in five playoff games in 2008-09, including four goals in a four-game sweep of the overmatched Habs.
Last night, Ryder scored a beauty against Carolina goalie Cam Ward, a bullet under the crossbar that prompted TSN analyst Pierre McGuire to comment on his natural goal-scoring ability and wonder aloud whether the Canadiens simply didn’t know how to manage this gifted player.
Flashing back to summertime and autumn visits with Ryder, who’s one of the great stories of the season under Bruins coach Claude Julien:
• Have Bruins found their new sniper?: Boston Globe’s Dupont
• As exhibition season opens, Ryder still wonders what went wrong with Habs: Stubbs
And after last night’s romp over the Hurricanes, in which the Bruins showed no signs of rust after their hasty dispatch of the Canadiens:
• Ryder puts game in high gear (with video): Boston Globe’s Michael Whitmer