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Bruins rout the Ducks

Michael Ryder has two goals and an assist and Tim Thomas makes 35 saves in Bruins' 6-0 victory.

February 27, 2009|Associated Press

BOSTON — Michael Ryder had two goals and an assist Thursday, and Tim Thomas made 35 saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins defeated the Ducks, 6-0.

"It found a way to turn in their favor in a hurry and we didn't respond well to adversity," Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's a first-place hockey club. They played well and stuck to their system."

Boston has scored six times in each of its two games since Ryder returned from face surgery, and he has three goals and two assists since returning from a broken bone in his face.

"He's a threat whenever he's out there," Bruins Coach Claude Julien said. "We talked about putting some emotion in our game when we were sliding, putting some jam and grit into it, and it allowed us to score some goals."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere gave up three goals in seven shots before he was replaced at the 3:43 mark of the second period. Jonas Hiller made 17 saves for the Ducks.

The game was the Ducks debut for defenseman Ryan Whitney, who was traded to the Ducks from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the day.

It turned violent in the second period when the Ducks' Mike Brown punched Milan Lucic in the face, then the Bruins wing took Brown down and bashed him repeatedly in the back of the head while he was on the ice. Sheldon Brookbank came to his teammate's rescue and Boston's Marc Savard joined in as well.

Forty-four seconds later, Savard got tired of being cross-checked by Scott Niedermayer outside the Ducks' zone and started a fight.

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