|Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) and David Krejci, left, of the Czech Republic, celebrate Lucic's goal against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) as Patrick Dwyer (39) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) |
The B's Johnny Boychuk
, Brad Marchand
and Milan Lucic
all scored in a victory that allowed the B's to keep a share of the second spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs and also gave the club a three point cushion over Montreal in the race for first place in the Northeast Division.
Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had expected that the Hurricanes would come out of their locker room on Tuesday with a much different look than the team that dropped a 7-0 decision to the B's on Monday and Carolina didn't disappoint.
Tuesday's game in North Carolina couldn't have been more different than Monday's contest.
"Yeah, it was," said Julien. "I though we started the game really well, that the first ten minutes was good, and then the next ten they kind of took over.
"I thought we got ourselves in real trouble in the second period when, I think, the first eleven minutes we killed six of them [on the penalty kill] and really gave them the momentum and the control of the game and then they just started coming hard at us.
"That was a tough period for us," he said.
The second period featured 19 shots on goal by the Hurricanes, who surged in an attempt to swing the tide of momentum in their direction. But, as he has been for most of this season, B's goalie Tim Thomas
(43 saves) was again a wall and wouldn't allow the Canes to find a crack.
"Yeah, I mean he was really great and I think he deserves a lot of credit for this win," said Julien. "When we were struggling he was keeping us in there and I realized we had some good breaks along the way as well in that second period."
Marchand put the B's in the lead at 3:55 of the third and, after Chad Larose tied it at 9:19, Lucic notched the game-winner at 11:49.
"We’re in a situation there to kind of control our destiny...and I thought the third period was a little better," said Julien, who talked about his team's confidence in the third period.
"It got us back into the lead there and at the same time our guys kept plugging away," he said. "You know, I think the confidence is there and I know in the third period we’ve been a good team.
"I think, again, the fact that we were tied and it was twenty minutes that was going to decide the game, our guys felt confident they could go out there and be a better team."