BOSTON, MA –
Coming into tonight’s game, much of the focus was centered on alternate captain Patrice Bergeron
With forward Brad Marchand
serving the first of a five game suspension, Head Coach Claude Julien turned to Benoit Pouliot
to fill in on Bergeron's trio with Tyler Seguin
Pouliot and Seguin each scored and Bergeron added two assists, but the line of David Krejci
, Nathan Horton
and Milan Lucic
also shared the load on Tuesday, as they combined for six points in the Bruins 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the third period, Horton scored his second goal of the night eight seconds into the third period to tie the game 3-3, setting the table for a win.
“We knew we weren’t playing our best hockey in the first and second [period],” Horton said, who has five goals in his last four games. “But it’s nice to get that quick goal right at the beginning, and obviously when [Tyler] Seguin scored, it kind of gave us a little momentum.”
Lucic and Krejci each added two assists – the prettiest coming when No. 17 fed Krejci on the wing and the center spun, then passed to Horton who buried the game-tying shot.
“[We’re] just trying to get pucks to the net and go to the net, and get it to open people,” Horton said. “I’m just trying to give David [Krejci] and [Milan Lucic
] the puck as much as I can and just go to the net, and good things happen.”
Although it looked like sheer luck, Krejci said he knew where his teammate was on the play, but he was still surprised he got the pass off.
“I knew that we kind of had a two-on-one but I had to reach for the puck,” Krejci said. “I knew he was there and I just passed it there and hoped for the best.
"I don’t know how he got it through [goalie Ondrej] Pavelec’s legs, but it was a good goal and a big one for us.”
The speed of Krejci’s line, which is impressive considering the size of Horton and Lucic, was on display in the first period.
Lucic carried the puck up the left wing and reeled in the entire Jets’ defense, making for an easy pass to Horton who tipped it in for his first score.
“Luch has good speed,” Krejci said. “I love when he’s skating – he’s done a really good job the whole time I’ve been playing with him my whole career.
"Horty has great speed too, so you have these two guys keeping their feet moving and they are really dangerous and I just have to give them the puck wide.”
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask
turned in 29 saves, including a stop on Chris Thorburn’s penalty shot in the first period.
Rask said it was a tough game and a battle for him, and he credited Krejci’s line with taking the lead in the win.
“You know we need that,” Rask said. “A game like this – we [were] kind of sluggish for two periods and not really playing our game.
"You want that everybody is going, but every night you don’t get that. And today they really stepped up – and after that everybody followed.”
--- Anthony Gulizia