BOSTON -- Benoit Pouliot
watched the B's fifth straigh win from the ninth floor of the TD Garden. For win number six, the left wing was six floors down at ice level and in perfect position to score with time running out in a 3-3 game.
"Well we got a good draw off and coach wants us to sit in front of the net, so that’s what I tried to," said Pouliot. "I didn’t really get the screen on there, but it kind of came right back on my blade and I tried to put it on net as quick as I can.
"It wasn’t a hard shot but you never know what’s going to happen."
What happened was that Pouliot's flutter-puck found a hole in Johan Hedberg's pads and put the Bruins in the driver's seat. But Pouliot said he was a little nervous about the shot.
"I was like 'Oh boy that’s not going to get there,' but it did and it trickled in on the side so I felt pretty good," said the left wing. "It took a long time...but you never know what’s going to happen when you put the puck on net and it paid off tonight."
Positive thinking paid off for Pouliot, who had played just two of the Bruins previous six games.
"It’s tough, obviously, but I tried to stay most positive," said Pouliot. "I think on and off the ice I’m just trying to work hard as much as I can and it’s going to pay off in the long run.
"And tonight got a little bit more shifts out there and the whole thing went great."
Healthy scratches aren't something that anyone gets used to, but Pouliot said he's maintained a good attitude.
"I tell myself you never know what’s going to happen," he said. "And if that happens just got to keep your head up, work hard in the gym and work hard on the ice and come back ready."
Even though the beginning of the season hasn't gone perfectly, Pouliot remains focused.
"It tough coming in new," said Pouliot. "You've got to adjust to what they do.
"You don’t want to mess up what they did last year. I just try to jump in there and get on the same game plan as them.
"And we’re only 16 games in so there’s plenty of hockey left. Just got to keep my head up."
Asked if his game-winning moment helped him feel more like a part of the B's, Pouliot said, "It feels good obviously scoring a goal. Game winner or not it just feels good.
"It helps mentality a lot," he added. "You feel good after this. Right now I feel great.
"We've got a tough schedule coming up and it’s just a thing of keeping that going and keeping consistent."