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Ryder ready for 'odd' game against Bruins

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Ryder ready for 'odd' game against Bruins

DALLAS Michael Ryder, long known as a bit of a space-shot during his time in Boston with wild stories for his frequent tardiness to team buses and functions, gave a typical Ryder answer when asked if he had circled tonights game against the Bruins on the calendar before the season began.

No. No. No. I had it circled for New Years Eve, said a laughing Ryder.

Its pretty clear Ryder has brought his New Years Eve party hat to the rink with him for a midnight celebration win or lose.

Its the same old Ryder as his carefree days in Boston. Whether he was going through a scoreless drought or had just authored a hat track against the Canadiens Ryder was always essentially the same guy.

The winger with the sweet shot and release did admit it will be odd suiting up against the Bruins after three memorable years in Boston, but hes officially a member of the Stars when the puck is dropped at American Airlines Center, and will be on the enemy bench if the same kind of punch-throwing fireworks erupt as they have the last three years between the two hockey clubs.

Itll be a little different and odd playing against those guys, but its really just another hockey game where were trying to get a win, said Ryder. We did a lot of good things last year on the way to winning a championship and itll be strange playing those guys. But we want to go out and show we can play against one of the top teams in the league.

Ryder has 14 goals for the Stars skating with Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson on Dallas top line, and was happy to be reunited with his buddy Mike Ribeiro from their days in Montreal.

The goal output would put him tied for second on the Bruins with Tyler Seguin, but Ryder wasnt interested in looking back after getting a healthy contract offer from Dallas during the summer.

Well, he was willing to look back at some of the moments from his summer: like denting the Stanley Cup when it collapsed on a table behind him during his day with the trophy in Newfoundland. Once again it was pretty typical Ryder-stuff.

I dont know. I didnt really see it. I just heard it when I turned around, said Ryder. I think somebody set the table up wrong. Oh well. At least theyre going to remember me for something, right?

Ryder will be remembered for his contributions to the Bruins particularly in the playoffs against the Canadiens long after his Newfoundland dent has been banged out of the chalice.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE