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Bruins Hang Tough Against the Habs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – By the time Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole scored halfway through the period and tied the game 3-3, the Bruins were in rough shape – literally and figuratively 

The Bruins folded a 3-1 third-period lead, and the visiting locker room at the Bell Centre slowly began to resemble an ER.

In the first period, captain Zdeno Chara took a puck to the chin and David Krejci took a high stick. And after Cole’s game-tying goal, forward Rich Peverley was unable to return after a collision late in the third period with Habs defender Hal Gill.

But the Black & Gold refused to succumb to a late-game comeback and left the Bell Centre with a victory, courtesy of a shootout goal from forward Tyler Seguin.

“I think we had to overcome a lot of things tonight,” Julien said. “You know we found a way to win and it wasn’t easy – we got a bunch of guys in there stitched up and stuff like that – banged up.

“But to get out of a tough situation sometimes that’s what it takes. You got to give the effort – there’s going to be a price to pay and you’re probably going to be banged up. But that’s the way to work out of these things; putting yourself on the line and we did that tonight.”

With the Bruins holding a 3-2 lead in the final frame, Chara squared up and attempted a cross-ice to pass to Johnny Boychuk to initiate the breakout.

But the puck never got as far past Cole’s stick, as the Canadiens forward intercepted the pass and put the puck past goaltender Tim Thomas to even the score.

However, Julien refused to get down on Chara and said he just let his team work themselves out of the situation.

“I let him be – he was so disappointed after that,” Julien said. “[But] what I liked about our team [is that they] didn’t hang their heads and we went out there and won it.

"I give our guys a lot of credit. It was tough to keep them focused – not get frustrated, but that’s what we had to do and our guys did a decent job of that.”

But one player in particular, forward Benoit Pouliot, had every right to be frustrated coming into to the contest. It had been 15 games since Pouliot last scored, but not even the offensive drought could knock him off his game.

Instead, he used a dazzling move to beat goaltender Carey Price and give the B’s a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second period – and his effort was exactly with the Bruins needed.

“I think Ben was good tonight,” Julien said. “We talked about straight-forward hockey and wanting to make a difference because he’s capable of doing that and we needed him tonight.

“With the way the game was going, certain guys had some heavy minutes and he has a tendency to score highlight-reel goals – he did it again tonight.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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