“Regroup,” said defenseman Zdeno Chara
of what they aimed to do in the first intermission.
Left wing Brad Marchand
“We wanted to regroup after the first period,” added the forward.
With 20 total penalty minutes in the opening period that led to two Buffalo Sabres power play goals, the B’s didn’t want their emotions to get the best of them anymore.
“We knew that we needed to really calm down and just start to focus on what we were supposed to do on the ice, rather than what was going on in the stands and all that build up,” added the B’s captain.
The Bruins came into the much-hyped game with a plan to stay calm and put what was out of their control aside, but weren't able to do so until the second stanza.
“It was like a tale of two games,” said winning goalie Tim Thomas
It did in fact look like a different game as the first five penalties of the second period belonged to the Sabres. The B's beat Buffalo goaltender Jhonas Enroth twice as the Black & Gold worked their way back to one down on the scoreboard.
“We just got stronger and stronger as the game went on and just battled back and found a way to get back into the game,” added Thomas, who made 31 saves in regulation time.
“We won the second twenty and going into the third it was just playing more like our game,” said Marchand.
Chara had the only goal in the final period of regulation, sending an intense game into overtime and eventually a shootout.
The Bruins completed the turn around when B's forward Benoit Pouliot
went top corner to give the B’s their tenth win in a row.
“It was a great hockey game—physical and a lot of chances, a lot of big saves and it came down to the shootout,” said Chara.
More so than continuing their hot-streak in a nail-biter, the Bruins learned a lot about their capabilities.
“We were able to prevail and it just kind of shows the character we have in this room,” said Marchand. ---John Griffin