Boston Bruins player of the week — April 17–23
Well the Boston Bruins made a triumphant comeback from an 0-2 deficit, winning three in a row this week to take the series up 3-2 back to Montreal for a possible series-clinching Game 6 against the Canadiens on Tuesday evening.
There was more stomach-knotting stress this past week for the Bruins’ faithful than its seen in a very long time. So needless to say the owners of local packies and makers of Mylanta raked in the cash during the nerve-rattling NHL playoff week.
Patrice Bergeron: Arguably the best and most consistent skater donning Black-and-Gold this series, Bergeron has been on a tear, riding a four-game-point streak. This past week, as the B’s rolled out their three consecutive win, No. 37 has compiled 1-4–5 totals with a plus-5 rating. The face-off guru has also won over 60-percent of his draws this past week.
Michael Ryder: From regular season scapegoat to playoff hero, Ryder has reversed the city’s perspective towards him by netting Game 4’s overtime game-winner inside the Bell Centre — heading back to Boston for Game 5 all tied up. Ryder also played goalie for a brief second, robbing Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec with a glove save as the Habs’ forward fired a shot at a yawning net. No. 73 finished the huge week with 2-1–3, plus-1, and six shots on goal.
Nathan Horton: After taking a couple of games to get noticed, Horton notched his first ever playoff goal in Game 3, and the monumental double-overtime winner in last night’s 2-1 win over the Habs. The former Panther finished the week with 2-0–2, plus-1, and nine shots on goal.
Tim Thomas: Let it be well-known that if it were not for the Vezina Trophy finalist, this Bruins team would have been in great danger of being swept this series. Nonetheless, Thomas made a dazzling 112 saves 119 shots against for a .941 save-percentage for the week. Being the backbone of Boston’s perfect week, Thomas allowed just seven goals in well-over 200 minutes of hockey.
So, without further ado, I ask you…