Last night’s 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators wasn’t just another game for Glen Metropolit.
The Bruins center scored two of the three goals – one being the game-winner, in fact – and was named one of WBZ Radio’s Stars of the Game for his efforts.
“There are certain guys who certainly deserve it, and I think he is one of those guys,” head coach Claude Julien said of Metropolit’s rewards. “Every night he’s come up and played big for us.
“When you see a guy get rewarded like that with some important goals, it’s always nice.”
Metropolit was just happy he could help out.
“It’s always great contributing towards a win,” he said. “It’s all about wins right now.”
The talk of the locker room seemed to be Metro’s two goals, both excellently executed.
“That first goal was a good play by Lucic,” Metropolit said, giving credit to his linemate. “I had speed coming up supporting him, and then Chuck [Kobasew]…kind of made the defenseman stay still, and I tried to move with the speed I had going at him.
“I got lucky and had a good shot.”
Defenseman Andrew Ference
attributed Metropolit’s goal to something other than luck.
“That was a good play, and he’s a very skilled player,” he said.
With that first goal, Metropolit also earned his 100th NHL career point, a milestone he was happy to reach.
“It meant a lot,” he said in the locker room after the game. “I told [Milan] Lucic on the bench that I never thought I’d play my first NHL game, never mind [get] 100 points.”
Talk of number 13’s second goal could even be heard from the Predators locker room.
“It was a good move,” said Nashville goalie Chris Mason. “I think our coverage got mixed up a little bit…and he made a good move, a cut to the middle of the ice and made a quick shot and buried it.”
“[It] was kind of a play off the wall where I turned with it,” Metropolit said. “It seemed like no one was coming after me, so I figured to go to the net.”
Praise for the center’s work was omnipresent.
“He works hard. He just gives it, gives it all, and it's so it’s fun to watch,” Ference said. “But I think he understands that you don’t make it on smooth moves alone.
“He’s not on the first line, so he understands there’s a lot more to this game to stay at this level.”
“Whether you’ve seen him on the score sheet or not, you’ve seen him at times have to face some top lines,” Coach Julien added. “Here’s a guy who’s never really been a penalty killer on a regular basis, but we’ve asked him to play that role, and he’s taken it to heart and done a great job.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him.”