Three Tim Thomas
shootout stops and Tyler Seguin
's goal in the game-deciding penalty shot contest gave the B's a much needed split of their short two-game road trip and just their second win of the season on Saturday night in Chicago.
"We needed it bad," said Thomas. "It’s a big difference between 2-and-3 and 1-and-4...and we’ve got to start building from somewhere."
Tonight's game set the Black & Gold's construction in motion and Thomas ticked off reasons for the win's increased importance.
"Being down, then battling back into the game and almost winning it there towards the end of the third and overtime," said Thomas. "And to be able to finish it up in a shootout.
"I don’t like shootouts...but sometimes it’s important how they turn out and I think tonight might have been one of those nights.
"We needed the win, we didn’t need just the one point. We needed the win and we needed to feel good moving forward," he said.
Asked about the victory, Seguin simply said, "Huge.
"Obviously, we had to bounce back from a tough start and a game like this against a great team like Chicago is -- especially coming back in the third period -- it’s going to give us a lot of confidence and now we’re going home.
"We’re glad we finished off on the right foot on the road [trip]," said the center.
His right wing Nathan Horton
scored just his first of the season, but looked relieved as he talked about the goal, which sent the game to OT.
"Well I think there’s always a feeling when you score your first goal," said Horton. "You get it out of the way, but I’m definitely happy."
Postgame, everyone wearing Black & Gold was wearing a smile and it wasn't only because the club earned a day off on Sunday.
Stopping Chicago, the 2010 Stanley Cup champions -- in the United Center -- gave the 2011 champs a thrill.
"It’s always fun to play here," explained Thomas. "The National Anthem singer is great; 22,000 fans -- not every arena can hold that many -- It’s a fun atmosphere.
"I mean they have a lot of weapons," added Thomas. "They’re a good team.
"We know that."
And now the 2011-12 B's are one step closer to knowing that about their own club, too.