- Heading into the second period of today's game, in the confines of TD Garden, the Bruins trailed 2-0, off two power-play goals by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
While a departure from the last stretch of games on the road (including the 4-2 win in Tampa that saw the B's take the 2-0 early lead), the Black & Gold have never panicked when facing the challenge of being down - and were rewarded with two quick strikes from Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley that started a comeback.
"We are a confident group of guys even though we are down a couple with that much time left in the game and no one’s having their heads down," said Tyler Seguin, who kick-started the B's offense with his fourth goal of the season - and first power-play tally, 3:22 into the second, after Eric Brewer went off for interference and not long after a B's penalty kill.
"I guess that’s what makes us a good team."
Seguin's fourth came from the left faceoff circle, after great puck movement from Dougie Hamilton and David Krejci, and gave the Bruins their first goal on the man-advantage at home this season. After a slower start offensively (defensively, he's at a plus-13, second in the NHL), No. 19 now has seven points (two goals, five assists) through six of his last seven games.
"I think on the initial few plays ,we were trying different things and that one, I kind of just slid down and Dougie made a good read," said Seguin, on the breakdown of the goal. "I couldn’t really take a slap shot so I just tried to get the shot off as quick as I could."
"Well, that’s one of the reasons we put him there," said Coach Julien, on Seguin's PP time. "He’s one of those guys on the half wall that’s got a good shot, and he’s capable of taking those one-timers. Also, he’s a good skater, capable of moving, which our half wall guys did better tonight, they were moving a lot more."
"Instead of being stagnant there was a little bit more motion out there and it certainly helped our power play. His one-timer and Peverley’s are going to be important - we’ve been working a lot on that lately, as well."
For Seguin, who hasn't been finding the back of the net as often as he'd like this season, the goal could certainly give him confidence moving forward.
"I’ve been going in every game the same way but obviously it’s just about burying down those chances and I felt like I was definitely shooting more pucks tonight and I want to stick with that."
Seguin commented postgame on the good movement of the power play today - and the confidence of picking up two goals - but acknowledged his teammate Rich Peverley's ability to knot the game at 2-2.
"And then obviously you get one in the second, and Pevs coming up big I think it was off the next shift getting another one."
Just 1:17 after Seguin's kickstarter, Adam McQuaid threw a beautiful cross-ice pass through the seam, to find Rich Peverely atop the left faceoff circle where he one-timed the puck into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
"It was a great job by Kells and Piesy again on the forecheck and I just tried to sneak by Garon," said Peverley. "I just tried to put it on net usually when you’re one-timing it and it was just a great pass by Adam so I just wanted to get it off as quick as possible."
Having seen Peverley fire one-timers over and over and over again before and after practices - and often from McQuaid - it was certainly nice to see the forward's confidence building.
And the huge fist bump of exultation capped off a huge momentum shift for the B's early in the second.
"It's important to play well at home especially in a shortened season," said Peverley. "I think we’ve done a pretty good job so far and they’re a good team so to be able to come out with the two points is big."
And for Peverley and Seguin, who have been focusing on strong two-way play in the absence of scoring, their all-around game is starting to spike.
"I think those two guys had a lot of chances the past number of games and I think they’ve done a great job so it’s just great for them to see the back of the net," said Patrice Bergeron, on his teammates starting to get the monkey off their backs. "I thought they did a lot of details, a lot of things that are getting overlooked most of the time but are helping the team to win games."
"I think both those guys got their one-timers going right," Coach Julien added postgame. "To me, it’s just another situation of our guys that haven’t scored much that are starting to come around."
"We’ve talked about that for a while now, about certain guys being able to give you a little more and with time it’s going to come. It’s nice to see those guys score and hopefully get more confidence in doing it more often."