When forward Benoit Pouliot
lined up along the faceoff circle in the first period, he took a signal from Rich Peverley
and knew it was time to execute.
As soon as Peverley won the draw Pouliot streaked to the far-side post, took a sweeping pass across the crease and hammered the puck past an outstretched Carey Price to give the B’s an early 1-0 victory in last night’s 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
“Sometimes off the draw there we can try to catch some teams like that,” Pouliot said. “We executed it pretty well.”
Pouliot’s goal was his sixth of the year, and his first against his former team.
Since joining the team at the start of the season, he has improved greatly according to Head Coach Claude Julien.
Pouilot, who has tallied for game-winners this season, scored the opening goal for the second straight game.
“He’s adapted well to our hockey club,” Julien said. “We talked about being patient at the beginning of the year when a lot of people probably were writing him off, and right now he’s showing that he’s very capable of playing on our club and doing a great job. He scores big goals for us – he gets us going in the right direction.”
For forward Tyler Seguin
, it’s Pouliot’s speed that he is most impressed with.
“I mean he's got to be one of the fastest players in the league, and I think he's so smooth at skating,” Seguin said. “When he uses that, when he really goes he's going to get the puck every time and he's winning his battles and he's burying the puck and he's doing everything we've asked him.”
Pouilot said that along with the support he’s received from the coaching staff, his linemates are helping adjust into his role with a new team.
“Playing with Pevs [Rich Peverley
] and Kels [Chris Kelly
] makes my game a little easier,” Pouliot said. “They’re two way guys and they play well with the puck and I just try to make room for them. We’re sitting on the same page. We talk a lot and right now the chemistry is pretty good. Every game we get a lot of chances to score goals – it’s good.”--Anthony Gulizia