|Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly celebrates his empty-net goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammate Mark Recchi during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series, Monday, April 18, 2011, in Montreal. Boston won 4-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson) |
However, as Thursday's Game 4 draws near, everyone who watched Games 1, 2 & 3 will be wondering what or who made the difference.
"I think it was our execution was a lot better," said alternate captain Patrice Bergeron
. "I think our first couple of passes in our zone, we kept the play simple and it helped us in the long run."
An early goal by David Krejci
was a factor, too.
"When you get the lead early, especially on the road, it’s nice to have it," said Bergeron.
Obviously, the return of captain Zdeno Chara
helped -- a lot.
"Yeah, he looked pretty normal to me. I thought he played a great game," said Boston forward Rich Peverley
, who also talked about the B's successful start.
"Well I thought we had a pretty good start," he said. "A big goal by [David] Krejci there, a big goal by [Nathan Horton
] and I think it was a great start for us and we were playing a lot in their zone the first period."
Of his own goal, which continued the B's momentum early the in the second, Peverley thanked Lady Luck.
"It was just kind of a lucky play," he admitted. "I think it hit [Mark Recchi] in the shin pad and it hit my glove and plopped right in front of me."
As much as it might pain the Hub of Hockey to hear, luck certainly plays a part in any playoff series.
"Yeah. I think we didn’t have luck at al the last two games. But it’s going to come sometimes," said Krejci. "The luck isn’t going to stay away from you forever.
"Today it was on our side a little bit. So hopefully it can stay on our side a little longer."
But Krejci also talked about the B's attitude going into the contest and his own line's desire to contribute.
"It felt good," said Krejci of his trio, which includes Horton and Milan Lucic
"We felt great before the game, talking to each other [and decided] just go out there and have fun and that’s what happened," he said. "We had a couple goals, we could have had a few more, but I’ll take two goals and the win."
But Krejci also cautioned against any sort of satisfaction seeping into the team's play.
"We just went up there and did a good job and didn’t panic, played the game and it worked today," said the center. "But there is still some work to do.
"We don’t want to get too confident.
"So we have to come out next game and try to get a win, try to get the first goal and do...what we did today," he said.