Recchi, Ryder shine at doing the dirty work
June, 14, 2011
By Brendan Hall | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Sixty-five seconds apart, two lasers from the blue line produced two goals that turned Game 6 into a 4-0 rout before it was even 10 minutes old. And once again, it's dirty work that's sending the Bruins into Vancouver with momentum.
Eight minutes in, with a power play and a 2-0 lead, Rich Peverley won a faceoff in the right circle and skipped it back to Mark Recchi, who threw it across the ice to Andrew Ference at the opposite point. From there, he dished up the wall to Ryder, who immediately shot it back to him. Ference then trapped the puck and fired.
As usual, Recchi did what he’s done best ever since coming to Boston at the trade deadline two seasons ago -- swoop to the crease, park in front of the goalie and make life difficult. Roberto Luongo struggled to find the puck with the 43-year-old in front of the net.
“That’s his, as we call it, his office,” Ryder said of Recchi. “He’s great there. [He’s] been doing a good job getting in front of the net, doing screens. He did a great job on that goal.”
Said Recchi, “Andrew made a terrific shot. There were a couple screens -- you know, their player, me -- I’ve just got to get on top of the paint and create traffic for our guys. That’s my job on our power play unit. Andrew did a terrific job.”
Then at 9:45 of the opening stanza, with Cory Schneider relieving Luongo in net, Vancouver’s Chris Tanev tried to rim the puck out of the zone, but Tomas Kaberle was there at the blue line to trap it and rip away. Once again, a screen caused Vancouver's goalie to lose sight of the puck, this time Ryder swinging in front just in time for a redirect to the far post with the blade of his stick.
“That’s definitely one of the things we wanted to get better at,” Ryder said. “We didn’t do well at that in Game 5 in Vancouver. I think we established that tonight. It’s all about working hard and the battle to get there.
“We can’t let those guys box us out and make it easy on the goaltender. We’ve gotta make sure we fight to get there, and that’s how we’re going to win, scoring goals.”