After sitting out the Bruins home opening loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night, Benoit Pouliot was inserted into the Bruins lineup for the first time this season, and the former Canadien showed some positives.
On Pouliot’s first shift he had his welcome moment when he put a thunderous hit on Lightning defensemen Brett Clark behind the Lightning net, something that Pouliot feels helped him and the team.
“I think it helped the line and the team overall. You know, I just tried to get the momentum right off the bat and I think the first shift went well and after that we kept control of the game” said Pouliot. “We dominated them in the first and then they had nothing going on after that so I think, not saying that’s why we won the game, but it helps a little bit obviously, yeah, it’s good”
No. 67 only saw 7:30 of playing time, but Pouliot made the most of short playing time. Pouliot had two shots on goal and nearly missed his first goal of his Bruins career after Tyler Seguin found him all alone in the slot.
Pouliot seemed to fit in well playing alongside Seguin and Chris Kelly, two guys Pouliot has no problem playing with.
“[Tyler] Segs [Seguin] so fast, Kells [Chris Kelly]so good with the puck, protecting the puck making plays and my game is speed and using my size. I went to the net hard, created a couple chances there, could have had a couple but it’s the first game, there’s a lot left. I’m excited for the rest of the year” said Pouliot.
Claude Julien the Bruins bench boss was happy with what he got out of Pouliot last night.
“Everybody seemed to like him tonight for the amount of ice he got. I thought his energy, he competed hard, he made some good things happen, and I like the direction he took tonight. He’s certainly continuing to show us that as he gets more comfortable, he seems to be bringing a little bit more. We all seemed to be happy with his game tonight” said Julien.
Despite it being just one game, Pouliot looked comfortable last night, something he struggled with throughout his difficult season in Montreal last night. Look for Pouliot to build off of last night and be a big part in the hopeful success the Bruins have this season.
Here is Pouliot in the Bruins locker room after last nights win.