“Our special teams were extremely good tonight and again played a key role, and goaltending was solid,” head coach Claude Julien told NESN after the game. “Besides the numerous turnovers that we did tonight that we haven’t seen in a long time, the rest of the effort and the win…was the most important thing I guess.”
Last night’s win earned the B’s nine of a possible 10 points total during their road trip and kept the team in sixth place in the standings. It was their best February road trip since 1994.Milan Lucic
scored the first goal of the night, putting Boston back in the game after Tampa Bay scored the first goal of the game less than five minutes into the first.
“I’d changed for [Glen Murray], and I was just coming across the line,” Lucic said. “[Phil Kessel] found me, and I had no other play but to put it on net, and I just put everything I had into it.”
Murray himself had two goals for the night, including one that went in with a little help from Paul Ranger, who kicked the puck into his team’s goal.
“Sometimes you get a lot of chances, and they don’t go in, and then one goes in like that,” Murray said. “I’ll take it anyway.”
Lucic’s goal was his first of the road trip, just as it was for Mark Stuart, who put the Black & Gold up 3-2 at the end of the second. He, however, wasn’t sure the puck was going to make it into the net.
“[Marco Sturm] gave it to me at the point, and I had some time to look up and find the net,” explained Stuart. “I actually thought it was going to miss the net, but it was a lucky bounce.”
Adjusting the style of play to match their opponents, said Murray, helps the Bruins stay strong in games, including against the Lightning.
“We’re focusing on the teams we’re playing, like tonight trying to minimize our turnovers in the neutral zone because we know they love that,” he said. “We’re just playing a solid game and getting wins somehow.”
It’s the little things that matter, added P.J. Axelsson, who secured the win for the team with the fifth goal of the night.
“We scored big power play goals, we killed penalties when we had to, and I think that’s key,” he said. “We had some timely goals, and that helped us.”
While the B’s had a spectacular past week, they know they’re not off the hook yet. Ottawa’s up next on Tuesday, and the team has to be ready to defend their playoff spot.
“It [was] a really good trip, these three games getting six points, and we just have to look ahead to starting back up on Tuesday,” said Muzz.
Axelsson was ready with a plan to keep the road-game winning streak going.
“Maybe we should take the bus to the games,” he said.