Boston captain Zdeno Chara
emphasized the importance of the win.
“It was huge for us,” said Chara. “We found a way to get our win tonight [even though] started slow and we still are kind of looking for our legs.
“We got some goals and we found our way through.”
The club has faced a lot of adversity since the start of the season and in the last 72 hours there have been myriad changes to the Bruins lineup.
Long term injuries to Marc Savard
, Milan Lucic
(and a day-to-day injury to Shawn Thornton
) have left the Bruins forward lines looking thin, so the front office called up Brad Marchand
and Vladimir Sobotka on Monday morning as well as Trent Whitfield
on Wednesday morning. The B’s also acquired Daniel Paille
from Buffalo on Tuesday evening.
As for how Paille and the guys from Providence played, Chara said, “I thought that some of the [new] guys really played well.
“And that is what you need to have when you have guys missing from the lineup. It’s always a chance for other guys to step up and they did that.”
Even a veteran like Chara admitted some nerves going into the contest with a new lineup.
“Yeah, I think we were all kind of a little nervous,” said Chara. “We knew we wanted to have a good game and play well and that is what the fans deserve.
“Still we were looking for that flow and finally we got it.”
As for the scoring, Michael Ryder netted the B’s first goal of the night with a backhanded shot. It came 26 seconds into the second period, when the B’s were trailing by one, with assists from Brad Marchand
and Derek Morris.
Marchand earned his first NHL point with the assist and he was excited to make his first NHL point in his first NHL game.
“It was pretty special, I was all smiles after that. Zee [Zdeno Chara
] got me the puck so it was pretty cool,” said Marchand. “It’s a pretty cool feeling to get my first point in my first NHL game, so it’s something that I will always remember.”
Later in the second period, Marchand’s linemate Patrice Bergeron
tipped in the second goal of the evening off a slapper from Zdeno Chara
Head Coach Claude Julien said Bergeron’s been one of the top Bruins players so far this season.
“Patrice has been our best and most consistent forward since the beginning of the year,” said Coach Julien. “Every game he has been a pretty good player, even those games that we didn’t play well.”
Chara agreed and said, “He is one of our leaders, but you know I just tried to put the puck on the net and Patrice was right there and he never gives up.”
Begin connected on a snap shot to earn the game winner at 8:33 of the third period with an assist from Daniel Paille
, earned his first point as a Bruin in his first game in Boston.
“One thing we noticed is [Daniel] Paille’s speed and forecheck. He made a great play on [Steve] Begin’s goal. He was a good hitter and did a pretty good job on the penalty kill for us,” said Coach Julien.