"For us to come right back and score and quiet everything down again was huge, and shortly after taking the lead," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien following the Bruins 4-1 win in the Wachovia Center. "I thought our guys battled hard through a tough first period."
Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan, who was credited with the game-winner, scored just 94 seconds apart in the first and the Bruins never looked back.
It was a good thing too, because if they had, they would have seen a bench that was two players short for most of the game.
Forward David Krejci
and defenseman Adam McQuaid
both left in the first period and did not return.
"Yeah, it was certainly a big test for us," said Julien of the Bruins short bench. "We understand the intensity of those playoff games and for us to keep as many guys as fresh as we could was a huge task.
"I thought our guys did a great job in the third period—probably the most important period of this series so far. I was able to utilize the whole bench. It was everybody’s responsibility to do the job."
With Philadelphia having the final change as the home team, the B's had to change their strategy.
"It made it harder to match, so we didn’t pay as much attention to matching more than making sure we had some fresh guys out there," added Julien. "Guys did a good job of getting pucks out of our own end and making sure for the most part that we got them deep at the other end."
After the game there was no immediate update on the B's missing men, but on Thursday morning it was announced by the Bruins that Krejci will miss the remainder of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs due to a dislocated right wrist. Krejci had surgery to repair the wrist at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD following the game.
Krejci is expected to return for the 2010-11 NHL preseason.
McQuaid's injury has been deemed a lower-body injury and his is a day-to-day situation.
If anything, I thought it was a real gutsy effort on our part. - Claude Julien
It was those missing elements and the B's ability to absorb the blow to the roster that impressed the B's head coach.
"I thought it was a real good road game on our part," said Julien. "If you want to look at the statistics of shots for and against, they’re a desperate team, they needed this win, and for us to go down to a short bench and be able to sustain that and everything else, I thought our guys responded well.
"If anything, I thought it was a real gutsy effort on our part."
Asked if he could sense the growing frustration on the Flyers bench, Coach Julien explained that Philadelphia wasn't his foucs.
"I just kind of really focused on our bench tonight," said Julien. "I had to make sure that we ad the right guys out there with a short bench.
"I really focused on our team, making sure that every shift was a big shift. If they got some great opportunities, what I liked about our team was that we didn’t really panic. They had some great opportunities tonight and our goaltender [Tuukka Rask
] came up big for us.
"We had everybody doing their job and for us it was important in a game like this not to panic. I thought we did a good job of not panicking," he said.
From the top to the bottom of the shortened roster, everyone on the B's contributed to the "W."
"Whether it’s our series or other series, this is a time of year where guys are willing to sacrifice everything they’ve got," said Julien. "Guys are willing to do whatever it takes."