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Ryder scores and the Bruins rout is on, 5-1

04.18.09 at 8:10 pm ET
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19:14: Alex Kovalev is in Tim Thomas‘ kitchen making bacon and eggs. Brilliant cross-ice pass from Saku Koivu to Alex Kovalev gives the Russian sniper three or four seconds to set up and pick a spot. Can’t do that with Kovalev. He powers a puck past Thomas to cut the B’s lead in half.

Canadiens defenseman Francis Boullion hurt and will not return to the game

15:15: Krejci flipped a saucer pass to Michael Ryder bombing down the slot after a Montreal turnover, but Ryder missed with his wrist shot.

14:15: Great shot fake and drop pass by P.J. Axelsson to Shane Hnidy, who flipped in a wrist shot from the high slot that beat Price high. Hnidy is playing tonight because of the injury to Matt Hunwick, and he’s making an impact.  Momentum goes right back to the Bruins.

12:43: Glen Metropolit going to the box after his takedown of Dennis Wideman. Milan Lucic threw a puck from the corner straight for Wideman at the net, but Metropolit hooked the B’s defenseman to break up the play.

11:47: Great tic-tac passing on the PP for the B’s. Savard and Michael Ryder were basically playing catch with the puck at each of the faceoff circles while moving Price post to post. Ryder finally faked a shot and then fipped it to Savard, who cashed  in on his second power play score of the game.

8:14: Chuck Kobasew is playing his hockey pants are on fire. A great shift by Mark Recchi, Chuck Kobasew and Patrice Bergeron turns into a great Recchi pass for Kobasew in the slot. Kobasew fired away, but Price was able to kick the shot aside.

5:13: Alex Tanguay hauls down Mark Stuart from behind with his stick. That Montreal strategy to draw Boston into taking penalties is really working out well. B’s PP is 2-for-3 tonight.

1:16: Blatant hook by Alex Kovalev behind the Boston net. That’s about as bad a penalty as you’ll see. B’s are again on the power play.

02.3: There’s the backbreaker. Savard flips an entry pass into the zone right on Ryder’s stick, and the former Habs forward rings a shot up under the right crossbar.  Take a bad penalty and you usually end up paying the price.

The Bruins lead the Canadiens by a 5-1 score at the end of the second at the TD Banknorth Garden.

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