In their last two games—both losses—the Bruins just couldn’t get that timely goal—especially in the third period—that would help push them to victory, but in Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins got some timely goals at key times and got gritty in the third period to end their two game losing streak with a solid 4-2 win.
With just under a minute left in the first it looked like the Bruins and Leafs would head into intermission scoreless after a period where the Bruins played pretty well and had numerous chances to get on the board, but Patrice Bergeron made sure that wouldn’t be the case.
Bergeron collected a loose puck after a Tyler Seguin shot, and found the back of the net giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
“Yeah, I mean, I don’t know exactly how the play went” said Seguin who finished the night with three points.
I think Marchy [Brad Marchand] won a good battle there and picked up the puck and didn’t want to take just a pointless shot so he felt like cutting in and obviously I didn’t see what happened behind me but I guess Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] put it in.”
After Nazim Kadri tied things up quickly in the second the Bruins knew they needed to find the back of the net again to take momentum back, that’s when Seguin stepped in and scored his sixth goal of the year taking the lead back for the Bruins.
Once again the Bruins searched for that timely goal and once again they got it. This time it was Krejci, and once again it was with under two minutes to go in the period.
Jay McClement’s beautiful redirection of a Mikhail Grabovski shot brought the Leafs within one, but once again another timely goal from Seguin, albeit an empty-net goal, secured the win for the Bruins and helped the Bruins avoid their third straight third period collapse.
Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was pleased with the two late goals in each of the first two periods.
“Well, we want to make sure that the beginnings and the ends of each period, you want to have it strong” said Chara who finished the night plus-3.”
“And we were able to score those two goals at the end of the two periods, and that’s always nice to score, and then you can kind of get a rest between periods and get a chance to regroup and also go into the next one with a lead.”
McClement’s third period tally may have given Bruins fans a here we go again feeling, but Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin wasn’t panicking.
“Of course not, we’re leading 3-2. It’s no panic. [There was] five minutes left, six minutes left. It’s no panic. Just have to continue playing” said Khudobin.
Despite giving up the goal, it was a big third period for the Bruins. Unlike what they’ve done recently, the Bruins didn’t back down in the third period and kept attacking the Maple Leafs zone. All in all the Bruins were satisfied with their play in the third.
“Yeah, today was a great third period. We learned from that two games. Maybe we didn’t have good third period or second period, but we’ll learn. Today was a great third period. Guys played awesome” said Khudobin.
Check out post game video from Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin