Rookie forward Tyler Seguin first experienced the benefits of skating regular shifts with right winger Michael Ryder in the third period of his second NHL game.
On Oct. 10, 2010, the Bruins were leading the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0, in Prague when Seguin gloved a soft, high, outlet feed from Ryder. Seguin went to the backhand and scored his first NHL goal at 9:14 of the period, a signature moment that's been seared in his memory.
Seguin hopes to recapture that feeling when he reunites with Ryder on the Bruins third line with center Rich Peverley for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden Saturday night.
"What I appreciate mainly about Michael is that he gave me my first NHL goal," Seguin said of Ryder following a brief team meeting yesterday morning at the Garden.
"He gave me that first NHL goal, which is obviously a huge step for me. I like playing with Rydes because he's got good skill and he has a tremendous shot, one of the best I've seen in the NHL. I'm looking forward to playing with him again on Saturday."
Ryder has been perhaps the Bruins' most mobile and adaptable forward, with the speed and stick skills to fit any centerman's style. Ryder played with Seguin early in the season and bounced between lines before settling on the third unit with Peverley and Chris Kelly.
Tyler Seguin gladly Rydes the momentum
Boston Herald | May 12