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Michael Ryder on Game 7: 'We've got to throw it all out there'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  June 14, 2011 01:42 AM

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Bruins forward Michael Ryder spoke about his team maintaining momentum when the puck drops at the Rogers Arena Wednesday night for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

"Well they definitely got to do it next game, it’s the last game of the year and we’ve got to throw it all out there and make sure we bring the same intensity that we did tonight," Ryder said after Game 6. "And physicality and the same emotion. And I think if we do that you know, especially early in the game we’ll get hopefully the momentum and we’ll go from there."

Ryder spoke about the four first period goals being scored in record time.

"We wanted to get off to a good start, that’s what we’ve said you know," Ryder said. "And we wanted to make sure we got pucks in net and use our speed and we did that early in the game. And it paid off, you know, we knew they weren’t going to quit and we had to keep playing the same way."

More from Ryder after the game:

On if it was a nice message to see Roberto Luongo off the ice early on…
"Yeah you know, but we did that last time and then he shut us out when we got in there. So he’s definitely, you know he’s going to bounce back and we’ve got to make sure we find ways to score on him when we get there. It’s all about working to get to the net and trying to generate those chances."

On how he describes the first period…
"It was do or die for us. And we wanted to make sure we got off to a good start and get the fans behind us and we did that. And you know that’s what we wanted to do. And you know we’ve got to make sure we do the same thing when we get to Vancouver."

On if it gave him a nice life to see Nathan Horton in the building…
"Yeah for sure you know. He’s been around a couple of times you know. But it’s good to see him here, he’s excited and he’s a big part of this team and you know we want to do it for him. And it’s just good to see him that he’s doing okay and he’s doing a lot better."

On his reaction to people criticizing Tim Thomas considering how well he has played…
"Yeah well. Timmy [Tim Thomas], he’s been great for us all year. And in the playoffs and you know as long as he stops the puck that’s all we care, it doesn’t matter how he does it. He’s a unique goaltender, he battles and that’s what he does and he’s been doing it like all year for us. And he’s one of the main reasons we’re where we’re at."

On if the team wanted to stick it to the Canucks after the comments being passed between the teams…
"Well you know we don’t pay much attention to it you know, it’s a lot of talk and you know we just want to do the job on the ice. And we did what we had to do tonight and now there’s one more game and we’ve got to make sure we do the same thing on Wednesday."

On the enormity of this game for the team, franchise and city…
"Well it’s definitely huge you know. It’s the last game of the year and we’ve got to throw it all out there. And for us you know, it’s a big step for us this year to get where we are. And you know we want to make sure we end it on a good note. And it’s all about work ethic and making sure we throw it all out there."

On if the Bruins being the first Original Six team to be in a Game 7 situation magnifies things at all…
"I don’t know, we didn’t really think about it. We’re just playing hockey and we’re happy where we are, and you know Boston is an organization that has a lot of history and we’re happy to be part of if. And we want to make sure we do the job now in Game 7."

On if this is what you dream about as a hockey player, fighting in the Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final…
"Yup that’s it you know, it all comes down to one game and who the better team is. You know and we’ve got make sure, we haven’t had that much success in Van [Vancouver] and we’ve got to make sure we throw it all out there. It’s the last game of the year and make sure we play with the same emotion we played with tonight."

On how he is feeling after his third goal and sixth point of the series…
"Pretty good but you know the job’s not done yet. It’s one more game and I’m just trying to do what I can to help this team. And it doesn’t matter if it’s points or defense, as long as we win."

On how the one goal deficit seems the be the problem in Vancouver and how to turn this into a win…
"I just think you know we have to play our game. We go out there I think and we don’t get the start we wanted and kind of sit back and you know it’s one game now, it’s do or die. We’ve got to throw it all out there and make sure we come out hard and get the momentum early in the game."

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