Montreal squanders chance, Michael Ryder and Bruins even series

Three times the Montreal Canadiens had leads in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series with the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Three times they squandered the lead, and the Bruins capitalized after the third lead giveaway.

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Michael Ryder, whose time in Boston has been largely disappointing, took a pass from Chris Kelly in front and fired a shot past goaltender Carey Price 1:59 into overtime, giving the Bruins a 5-4 win and sending the series back to Boston tied at two games apiece.

We didn’t want to be down in the series 3-1, it would have been a tough one if that happened,” Ryder told the Associated Press. “After we got down 3-1 we regrouped a bit and managed to get back to our game and we tied it up and just kept pushing from there. It’s pretty exciting to score but I’m just happy that we won the game. That’s all that matters right now and it’s good to go home tied 2-2.”

Ryder, who scored 27 goals his first season in Boston, has only scored 18 in each of the past two seasons. A sharpshooter acquired from the Canadiens in 2008, Ryder had been viewed as a bust in Boston.

However, for at least one night, he gained a reprieve.

The Bruins will now return to Boston having recaptured home-ice advantage. The problem is, in the is series anyway, home ice hasn’t meant a thing to either team.

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