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Postgame Reaction vs. Columbus

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins -- Tyler Seguin scored a shootout goal and Tuukka Rask stopped all three Columbus attempts as the Bruins picked up two points for the first time in five games, with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blue Jackets.

“I kind of knew in the back of my mind what I wanted to do and then I just had to react,” Seguin said of his goal. “I think at the last second I wanted to go to my backhand which is what I usually do, but I tried to mix it up and it worked out.”

Seguin’s goal improved the B’s overtime record to 3-9.

“I think the second half of the second period was when we started playing more of our game. I thought the first half there…was a bit of a grind,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.

“When you’ve been winless in four games I think there was a lot of hesitation in our play there. And once we got our confidence we started picking it up a little bit.

“It was nice to see up win in the shootout finally.”

The Bruins never led in the game, but comeback goals from David Krejci and Rich Peverley forced the overtime and the eventual Boston victory.

“It’s a great win, a great battle, sixty-five minutes plus the shootout. We haven’t won the overtimes or the shootout games too many this year,” Rask told Funayama.

“So it’s a big win for us.”

Meanwhile, in the Bruins defensive zone, goaltender Tuukka Rask (34 saves) stood on his head all night long for Boston.

Throughout the game, Boston killed off all six Columbus power plays, to help cement the victory.

“It was and I think our penalty killers did a pretty good job, but our goaltender did an outstanding job when it came to that. He made some unbelievable saves tonight,” Julien told NESN.

“I think without a doubt deserves a lot of credit.”

David Krejci got the offense started when he tipped Zdeno Chara’s blast from the point past Blue Jacket’s netminder Steve Mason (29 saves) for his 11th goal of the year at 12:20 in the second period.

With the goal, Krejci extended his point streak to six games with 2-6-8 totals in that span.  Boston improves to 27-6-4 when Krejci records a point.

Peverley tied the game up for Boston again with a shorthanded goal at 14:24 in the third period. It was Peverley’s first goal as a Bruin and Boston’s eighth shorty of the season.

“It was nice to see coming back in the third period from the 2-1 deficit and getting the win. So it’s huge for our confidence and we just have to build from there,” said Rask..

Following tonight’s victory, which was the 2,800th in franchise history, the Bruins flew to Nashville where they will take on the Predators on Thursday night and look to build on tonight’s victory.
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