Michael Ryder's overtime goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals comes in at No. 5 on the list of Top-10 games of the 2011 playoffs.
Bruins Daily will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 5: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Game 4, Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins.
After back-to-back disappointing losses against the Montreal Canadiens at home in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals the Bruins knew they had to head north to Montreal and win two road playoff games in a building where they haven’t had much success recently.
The B’s took care of business in Game 3, and looked to even the series up with another road win in Game 4. Montreal opened the scoring nearly midway through the first period on a goal by Brent Sopel, his first of the series. Sopel’s goal would be the only one scored in the period as the Habs took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Bruins didn’t waste much time in the second period as they tied things up on Michael Ryder’s first of the playoffs, just over two minutes into the game. The game didn’t stay tied for long as the Habs bounced back with two goals in less than a minute shortly after the Bruins tying goal. Canadiens goals by Mike Cammalleri, and Andrei Kostitsyn extended the lead to 3-1. Claude Julien would use his timeout, and the Bruins would regroup.
Minutes after the goal that gave Montreal a two-goal-lead Andrew Ference would find the back of the net, and then go on to give the sold-out Bell Centre crowd a nice obscene gesture. The lead would stay 2-1 Montreal till Patrice Bergeron tied things up late in the second period on a tip-in in front of the Canadiens net after a nice pass from Brad Marchand.
Less than two minutes into a tied third period, villain P.K. Subban would once again give the Habs a lead after a beautiful wrist shot from the left faceoff circle on the power play. With time winding down in the third, and the Bruins staring into the eyes of a 3-1 series deficit, Chris Kelly would come up with a huge goal for the B’s.
Kelly would find himself down in front of Carey Price where a loose puck would arrive at his feet, after a few whacks at the puck, Kelly finally put the puck past Price tying the game at three.
The game headed to overtime as the remainder of the third period stayed knotted at three.
Michael Ryder made sure that overtime would be short and sweet for the black and gold. A crazy bounce off the boards once again found the stick of Chris Kelly, who found an open Ryder who tied the series up with the overtime winner.
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