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Bruins hammer 'Canes

MICHAEL Ryder scored twice as the Boston Bruins crushed the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 at the Banknorth Garden on Saturday in Boston to maintain their lead at the top of the NHL's Eastern Conference.

David Krejci and Stephane Yelle put the home side up 2-0 in the first period before Boston took total control of the game in the second.

Mark Stuart made it 3-0 in the fourth minute of the middle period before Ryder struck twice ?? both on assists by the impressive Krejci.

With the game effectively over before the third period, Carolina managed a consolation goal by Justin Williams.

The victory gives the Bruins, who have won 12 of their last 14 games, a 31-7 record.

The damage was done in the first period as Krejci backhanded a shot past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward and then Yelle scored when a Martin Karsums shot deflected in off his skate.

Ryder's two goals confirmed his re-emergence after the Bruins picked him up as a free agent.

"I don't think his game is developing; he's found his game," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

"What I mean by that is, the Ryder you see right now is the Ryder that has been a player in the NHL and throughout his young career. He's been like that for the most part.

"He's a gifted goal-scorer, he's a hard worker, he makes things happen when he's at his best. We just have to keep pushing him and continue to help him move along in the right direction because he's been a real helpful addition."

In other games on Saturday, it was: Avalanche 5, Penguins 3; Panthers 8, Thrashers 4; Red Wings 3, Sabres 1; Devils 5, Kings 1; Rangers 2, Senators 0; Canadiens 5, Capitals 4; Blue Jackets 4, Wild 2; Sharks 4, Canucks 2; Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 1; Predators 4, Blackhawks 1; and Coyotes 1, Stars 0, SO.


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