Head Coach Claude Julien called a timeout after the second goal so his team could regroup, but when the Black & Gold skated over to the bench, the B’s coach didn’t say anything – he didn’t need to.
“Claude didn’t say anything. We just talked about relaxing and guys on the bench just staying focused on getting the puck in and getting the next one,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic
said. “It came from us – the players just talking about keeping it simple and doing what we needed to do and [when] we’re doing that, that’s when we can play at our best.”
After the timeout, the Bruins were reenergized and looked like a different team then they had from the moment the puck dropped. Benoit Pouliot
got his team on the board less than two minutes after the timeout, and on the ensuing faceoff, Lucic dropped the gloves
with Brandon Prust.
“I have a lot of respect for Prust – he’s a gamer,” Lucic said. “He’s a guy that’s going to stick up for himself and his teammates no matter what. It just seemed like the right time of game, we were both battling for space in the faceoff circle and it ended up in a fight. You got to have a lot of respect for a guy like that.”
Lucic’s scrap provided the team with some energy for the remainder of the first period, and at the start of the second stanza, Jordan Caron
scored to even up the game 2-2.
The Bruins (38-23-3) continued to throttle the Rangers goal in the second period, and finished with a 10-3 advantage on the shot chart at the end of the frame. But their energy was halted when Marian Gaborik put New York ahead three minutes into the third period.
With 8:18 to play in the game, David Krejci
was able to tie the game
on a nifty cross-ice pass from, Lucic, but the Bruins couldn’t hold on as Derek Stapan scored the eventual game-winning goal less than a minute later.
The loss was the Bruins fifth straight to the Rangers (42-15-7), and the third this season. The teams meet again one more time in the regular season on April 1, and Lucic said his club can’t let the past contests affect them.
“It’s a little bit frustrating,” Lucic said. “Especially we felt like we played as well as we did and still weren’t able to beat them. We cant worry about that going into the next one, we cant really worry about the past couple meetings, we just have to get refocused and try to get at least one win out of this season series.”--- Anthony Gulizia