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How Michael Ryder scored his goals in 2013 - Part 1

Michael Ryder is known as a pure sniper, but is he? Let's take a look at his goals in 2013, starting with the ones he scored as a Dallas Star.

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January 22nd, 2013: Michael Ryder is hard on the puck and strips Brendan Smith in the slot. He creates room for himself in the high slot and shoots against traffic, beating Jimmy Howard high glove. While Trevor Daley is waving at the puck with his stick and could have possibly distracted Howard, I don't think he was a factor in the goal. This was an individual effort on a zone play.

January 22nd, 2013: Stephane Robidas holds the line for the Stars and Cody Eakin wins a battle to take the puck deep. Eakin sends the puck to Ray Whitney in the slot for a one-timer, but it's blocked. Whitney retains the puck however, and puts an excellent pass onto the stick of Ryder, who's uncovered in the left slot. Ryder easily wrists it home. This goal was a team effort on a zone play.

January 22nd, 2013: Alex Goligoski puts a shot on net from the point on the powerplay that Jaroslav Halak can't control. Ryder slips through the Blues' defense to the loose puck, which surprises Halak, and he can't react fast enough to Ryder's quick backhand. This is a very tough one to dissect in respect to it being an individual play or not. Halak is not quite in recovery mode from Goligoski's shot, so it's tough to interpret how much that shot contributed to the goal. Because of this, I can see a valid argument for it being an individual effort, but I'm going to call it a team effort simply because Goligoski put the puck in such a dangerous position for Ryder to capitalize on. Obviously this goal is a zone play.

February 1st, 2013: Eakin once again wins a battle, and he gets the puck to Ryder on the very edge of the left circle. Ryder stickhandles around Oliver Ekman-Larsson and just plain beats Mike Smith with a wicked wrist shot. Though Eaken got the puck to Ryder, he wasn't even really in scoring position. This goal happens simply because Ryder is a goal scorer and has a ridiculous shot. This was an individual effort on a zone play.

February 21st, 2013: Yet another tough one to differentiate the individual effort from the team effort. Antoine Roussel takes the initial shot, but it's blocked and Ryder recognizes this and beats everyone to the loose puck. As everyone is going right, Ryder banks left and puts a backhand through the wickets of Corey Schneider. Several Stars players go to the net, which you could say contributes to the goal, but I think I would classify this one as an individual effort off the rush due to the pure hockey sense on display by Ryder, and the horrible defense by Vancouver.

February 21st, 2013: Once again Ryder receives a pass from a teammate outside of scoring position, and once again he gets into scoring position and lets loose with that ridiculous wrist shot. This goal was an individual effort on a zone play.

Tomorrow we'll look at Ryder's goals after he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens.