Benoit Pouliot’s first month and a half in Boston has certainly been a struggle. Pouliot has been bouncing around from the game day lineup to the press box, and back throughout the season.
Reinserted into the lineup last night Pouliot finally came through for the Bruins. It looked like another non-eventful night for Pouliot. Late in the third period of a tied game and with Pouliot seeing around just eight minutes of ice time, the former Canadien found himself in the right place at the right time.
Rich Peverley won a faceoff back to Joe Corvo who sent the puck towards Devils goalie Johan Hedberg. The Devils net minder made the save but sent the puck right to the stick of Pouliot. The six-foot-three forward didn’t get all of the puck on the shot, but the end result was all that mattered. The puck seemed to travel through the air in slow motion but still managed to get past Hedberg, the goal would go on to be the game winner.
“Well we got a good draw off and coach wants us to sit in front of the net so that’s what I tried to” Pouliot said. “I didn’t really get the screen on there but it kind of came right back on my blade and I tried to put it on net as quick as I can. And it was quick in there. Like I said it wasn’t a hard shot but you never know what’s going to happen.”
Through two periods it was your typical Bruins/Devils game. A boring, laid back defensive battle, but then the third period hit and the tables were turned.
The game was tied at one going into the third, after Jersey notched a power play goal due to a stupid penalty by Brad Marchand who was benched for the remainder of the period. Chris Kelly had the tying goal for the B’s.
Marchand was back out there with his normal line mates to start the third, and answered his benching in a beautiful way.
Patrice Bergeron won the opening faceoff back to Zdeno Chara who found Marchand streaking into the Devils zone. No. 63 caught the pass and raced in all alone, beating Hedberg with a wicked wrister giving the Bruins their first lead of the night.
Nick Palmieri, Shawn Thornton, and Palmieri again would trade third period goals shortly after Marchand’s tally leading up to Pouliot’s eventual game-winning-goal.
It was the Bruins first real hard fought; grind it out win, a win that could be a building block for Claude Julien’s team.
“It obviously says a lot about their character. Sometimes you don’t even have to say much; you just get to the stage where, as they say, actions speak louder than words.”
It was a game the Bruins easily could have, and maybe should have lost, but Captain Zdeno Chara liked the way the team overcame their mistakes and fought for the two points.
“Yeah, you know mistakes, they will happen. It’s just a game of mistakes. Obviously you try to eliminate them. But even those penalties, we are not, nobody wants to put the team in that situation” said Chara who now has seven points in his past five games. “But they will happen, it’s just the nature of the game. Sometimes you end up in the penalty box and then it’s up to those guys to do their best to bail those guys who are in the penalty box, bail them out. And they got a five-on-three and they made a really nice play and they scored. Sometimes it’s what you have to give up and you have to be okay with that. Teams do make nice plays. But overall I thought we just played a really solid sixty minutes.”
The Bruins conclude their home-stand tomorrow night when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the TD Garden.
Here are some post game locker room videos.