On the shift in momentum going into the third period: Our goal towards the end of the second period was huge. It added a lot of spark, and I thought Albie’s little scrap was important, too. But we needed that goal on the power play.
I didn’t like the way we played in the first, but we were better in the second and third periods. After the first period, I told the guys we have to have the mindset to go out there and win the hockey game. As it turns out, we got two power play goals.
On the Bruins’ goal-scoring success tonight: Sometimes it’s not good to send a lot of shots early in the game on a goalie who hasn’t played in awhile, because then they can get into the rhythm of the game. But we did generate some shots, and Kolzig saw most of them, up until the second and third period. Then there were some scrambles and we found a way to score.
During the past couple of weeks, we’ve practiced a lot of different things to try to get the power play going.
On the confidence of Phil Kessel in the shootout: We took it to the shootout, which seems to be pretty common when we play Washington. Then Phil topped it all off…
I’m going with him in that third spot. He has a lot of confidence in that position and he seems to enjoy it. So do the rest of the guys.
On the importance of tonight’s game: Considering the situation, it doesn’t get any better than this. We were down 3-0 and we found a way to win the hockey game, albeit in the shootout, but we certainly needed the two points. But we can’t get too excited because we’re playing a hungry Rangers team heading into Madison Square Garden.