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Tough Start, Terrific Finish

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- There wasn't much going right for the Bruins during the second intermission of Wednesday night's game in Pittsburgh. With the Penguins up 4-2, the Bruins were in a big hole and on the verge of dropping their third straight game.


Mark Recchi, who scored the Bruins first goal of the night, told NESN's Naoko Funayama that the topic of conversation in the Boston locker room was pretty simple.

The B's veteran winger said that the message was to "get back to Bruins hockey."

"Getting pucks deep. Getting pucks to the net," he explained. "We just weren't very good.

"They wanted it more than us in the first two periods and it showed.

"But in the third period we came out and played the way we're capable of playing and we capitalized on all our chances," said Recchi.

As a line, Shawn Thornton, Brad Marchand and Gregory Campbell were on the ice for two of Pittsburgh goals in the first 40-minutes.

"We try and take pride in being able to play against the best players in the league as a line and we definitely weren't happy with the way it started," said Thornton of the Pens' early success. "But I think that Marshy, Soupy and myself did a great job of battling back and trying to get those goals back."

That much is certain.

We try and take pride in being able to play against the best players in the league as a line and we definitely weren't happy with the way it started. - Shawn Thornton
Marchand scored the B's second goal and Thornton scored the eventual game-winner as the Bruins tied the game off two goals from Nathan Horton and Zdeno Chara in the span of just 15 seconds.

"[Adam McQuaid] rimmed it around. Their D pinched," said Thornton of his goal's genesis. "I was lucky enough to get it out.

"It could have been either way. It could have been still in our zone, but it got out and Marshy did a good job of driving the net and pulling the goalie a little bit over.

"I saw top right and I just shot it there and it went in," he said.

Boston also returned to their Big Bad roots during the game.

Beyond the nifty game-winner, Thornton also fought Pittsburgh's Eric Goddard, Gregory Campbell took on Maxime Talbot and defenseman Adam McQuaid tussled with Aaron Asham in an effort to return the momentum to Boston.

Clearly, it worked.

"In the first two periods I really didn't think we were playing that well at all," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame. "You know we were getting out-muscled along the boards and were making a lot of mistakes -- not getting pucks in deep and turnovers ended up costing us some important goals.

"But I thought that in the third period we got back to what we do best and we got some pucks in deep and we went after them and forchecked them well enough that we created some turnovers.

"And with those turnovers we had some great opportunities and I thought it was a great comeback for our team."

"I think for the third period...the guys really kind of came together and tried to do it by committee," said Thornton to NESN's postgame audience. "Everyone chipped in and every line chipped in.

"And you're going to need that when you are missing a guy like [David Krejci]."

Thornton, who now has three goals on the season, and Blake Wheeler, who scored the B's sixth goal, agreed with their coach.

"I think for the third period...the guys really kind of came together and tried to do it by committee," said Thornton. "Everyone chipped in and every line chipped in.

"And you're going to need that when you are missing a guy like Krech."

"It speaks of what we have in the room," said Wheeler to NESN. "The guys know it's never over until it's over and you know it certainly helps to get one early.

"It gives you some confidence and we took it from there."
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