After playing the hero in Game 3, Ryan scored the victor in Game 4 at 5:49 of the third period as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 on Wednesday night to grab a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
The Bruins were losing the puck battles and now are on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs, down 3-1 in the series.
After scoring the victor in overtime on Monday to seal the Senators' 4-3 win in Game 3, Ryan poked the puck past a diving Tuukka Rask after Erik Karlsson set him up on an intentionally wide slapshot just inside the blue line. But a challenge of an offside committed nearly 20 seconds earlier showed Boston's Noel Acciari was offside and the goal was erased. Ryan, however, ended a drought with a goal in the season finale and has netted a pair of tallies against Boston, including the game-winner in overtime Monday.
Boston Bruins left wing David Pastrnak juggles a beach ball which landed on the ice during the second period against the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
"Andy was a rock for us and probably stole this one for us", Karlsson said of Anderson. "You always say that you make your money during the season, but you make your reputation in the playoffs and right now he's showing everybody that he's a gamer", Senators coach Guy Boucher said of Ryan. Game 5 will be played on Friday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
"We worked so hard to get home ice for the first round of the playoffs", Senators forward Zach Smith said.
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While he's listed as day-to-day, there are no signs that the rugged defenceman is going to return anytime soon after he sat out his second straight game with a leg injury suffered in Game 2.
Ryan was in the right place at the right time, and Karlsson's deft shot/pass set him up to do little more than tap the puck past a sprawling, off-balance Rask and a diving Zdeno Chara.
Unlike the first three games, this one was at zeroes through two periods. "It's nice and slow and strategic moves", Anderson said.
Pyatt got smoked by Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller in the first period and never returned to the game.
It looked like the Bruins had opened the scoring at 9:30 of the second when Charlie McAvoy's shot from the point appeared to be tipped by Noel Acciari in front and past Anderson. "Boro is getting closer every day", Boucher said.
The waiting game continues for Mark Borowiecki and the Senators.
Not all the news was good - the Senators lost Tom Pyatt in the first period. Bruins C Patrice Bergeron, a three-time Selke Trophy victor, was named a finalist for the award for the sixth time Wednesday.