|Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask winces after squirting water onto his face during a timeout in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) |
Boston had multiple scoring opportunities during the second period, stopped short only by Pittsburgh net-minder Marc-Andre Fleury’s spectacular saves. Going into the second intermission the Black & Gold kept a positive atmosphere in the locker room and focused on the things that were going right.
“The second period I thought you know even down two nothing I thought we played a decent period and we had some good scoring chances. I thought Fleury made some good saves and redirects and everything else so it was a matter of going back out there with confidence in the third and we felt that if we could get that first goal we could get things going again,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said.
The players focused on keeping their confidence up and swinging the game’s momentum in their favor heading into the third.
“We felt pretty good you know we thought we had a lot of good chances and we were very confident still and last time we were in here we got five goals in the third, so we knew there was an opportunity to do it again," said Bruins forward Brad Marchand
who score the game-tying goal with 3:11 left in the game. "We just wanted to get one and get them on their heels and you know it worked out.”
Marchand was right. The last time the Bruins faced the Pens in Pittsburgh on Nov. 10 they were down 4-2 in the final period of play before the B’s netted five unanswered tallies in the third to come away with the 7-4 victory.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask
commented after the game on last night’s game being the biggest win of the season thus far for the Bruins. He however, also remembered that November night.
“Yeah, well we did the same thing whatever a month ago here, in Pittsburgh you know but it’s up there,” he said. ---Hannah Becker