Before Sunday night’s do-or-die game five, the Bruins kept repeating that they just needed one win to prolong their season.
“It comes down to a lot of other guys doing things around us, too,” said Marc Savard
, particularly of his success in feeding Phil Kessel for two of the B’s four goals of the night, but his statement embodies that “one win at a time” idea.
“He held onto it, he got into the cycle, made a great pass to [Marc Savard
] in the cycle, and he got himself open, and those are the kind of things that Phil needs to do,” said head coach Claude Julien of Kessel’s first goal, shot from the side of the net off a cross-ice pass from Savard. Kessel earned his second two-goal game and third multi-point game of the post-season.
“We need Phil to be Phil,” said Julien simply. “He’s a skilled player that can make plays, and he’s a skilled player that can get open, and he’s got the best passer in the league in Savvy to feed him.”
Kessel, for one, wasn’t sure what it was that made tonight a success.
“I don’t think I was frustrated,” said Kessel. “You go out there and play, and if your chances go in, they go in.
“Tonight, they went in.”
It may, of course, have just been the intensity of the playoffs and a must-win situation.
“You have to be emotional and keep [it] in check at the same time,” Kessel said. “Obviously it was a big game for us tonight. We were down three to one in the series. There was some desperation.”
But now that they’ve won game five, the Bruins have to win game six – and, eventually, hopefully, game seven. And it’s going to take more of those individual efforts to keep that going.
“You keep going, and you keep battling out there and create your own chances,” said Kessel. “I think we played a physical game all year, and I don’t know if it helped us, but you have to go out there and play your game.
“It’s going to take the same thing, if not better.”