MONTREAL, Quebec -- Patrice Bergeron
scored one of the most memorable goals of the season
on Wednesday night, but a late rally by the Montreal Canadiens nearly gave the Bruins a second straight setback.
"We found a way," said Bergeron, whose goal at 14:33 of the second period gave the B's a 3-1 lead going into the final stanza. "It was a hard fought game and we stayed in it.
"By the end of the day we got the two points but we have to make sure we do a better job in the third period."
Montreal's Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole both scored in the third period to force overtime, but the B's persevered.
"It was adversity," said Bergeron. "It's something we have to make sure were aware of and battle through.
"Nobody is going to feel sorry for ourselves. Hopefully it’s back and for us that are in the lineup we’re going to the job and make sure everyone is pulling their load."
Bergeron and his linemates Brad Marchand
and Tyler Seguin
have carried a lot of the load since the calendar turned to 2012 and last night was no different, what with Bergeron's goal and Seguin's game winning tally in the shootout.
But with Nathan Horton
out, and after Rich Peverley
left the ice during the third period, all of the B's need to continue to step up.
"There’s challenges, ways to get out of these tough times but [teams] just have to battle through everything and not let those things frustrate you too much," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien of the game, its many penalties and injuries. "That’s why I thought our team did a great job."
Bergeron agreed that it was a tough contest, but the B's alternate captain was pleased with his team's ability to earn two points.
"It was a hard game to be part of," said Bergeron. "It was a fun game to be part of and we just happy at the results."