Chuck Kobasew got his groove back in style.
The right-winger broke a seven-game scoreless run with a goal late in the second period of this afternoon’s 4-3 shootout victory in the first of this weekend’s two games against the New York Rangers.
“It felt like quite a while,” Kobasew told the press. “It was nice to get one there, and get one in the third period as well.”
And what a glorious one it was, sent into the net from his knees to put the B’s up 2-1 late in the second period.
“It was a great pass, just snuck in behind the defensemen,” Kobasew said, paying credit to B's captain Zdeno Chara
, who fed him the puck. “I lost a bit of my balance there but was just able to maintain it on one knee and get a shot off.”
“Any way you can get them is always nice,” he said.
Head coach Claude Julien praised Kobasew’s efforts, even during his scoreless streak.
“For him, for us, for everybody concerned, it was nice to see him score those goals because it had been a while,” Coach Julien said. “We talked about our young players doing a great job and creating some good things, but you still have to have your veterans do the job that they have to do, and tonight…he’s on his knees and took a great shot on that goal.”
Kobasew admitted that keeping a positive outlook and working hard through a long slump can be trying.
“When you get chances, and they don’t go in, it’s sometimes frustrating,” he said. “But whether you’re scoring or not, if you’re getting chances, you hope eventually it will go in, and that’s what I pride myself on, trying to get chances and see what happens from there.”
Kobasew gave himself three chances during his 23 minutes of play, connecting on another shot in the third and putting it into the net over Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The goal gave Kobasew his third two-goal game of the season and brought him to 16 goals for the season, the team high. It also tied the game, leading the game into overtime.
Kobasew praised the whole team’s efforts in the win.
“I think we did a good job maximizing our lines and working hard, just competing hard out there,” he said, crediting the tight playoff race with motivating the team.
“We’re close in the standings, and we’ve got our little weekend series here, so it was a better game… The guys felt better today, and we had a lot more energy out there.”
Coach Julien was happy with the team’s work, as well.
“Even when we fell down 3-2, we stayed focused, we went right back at them and didn’t let that goal discourage us,” he said. “We just stayed with it from start to finish, and it’s nice for it to pay off.”