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Ryder warming up at right time

Updated: April 30, 2010, 2:02 AM ET
By Matt Kalman | ESPNBoston.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- When Michael Ryder debuted in black and gold, the sniper was placed next to playmaker Marc Savard.

At the time, the Bruins figured they had the perfect one-two punch to anchor their first line for the foreseeable future. Ah, the best-laid plans of hockey coaches and inconsistent wingers. Through the first handful of games of the 2008-09 season, Savard turned into a goal-scorer with five and Ryder transformed into the set-up guy with four assists.

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