Boston Bruins forward Sean Kuraly will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.
Kuraly scored the game-winning goal and assisted on the Bruins' first goal, scored by Connor Clifton, in a 4-2 victory against the Blues in Game 1.
In his second entry, Kuraly writes about his role in scoring the game-winning goal at TD Garden on Monday and shaking off the rust from the Bruins' 10-day layoff.
Tonight was incredible, especially scoring a goal like that. It was something you think about so often. Just to be able to celebrate like that was awesome; it was so much fun. It's not all the dreams you have because it's only Game 1, but it was certainly nice to score that goal.
You are just trying to play hard in a game like that. I thought my linemates, Joakim Nordstrom and Noel Acciari, played a heck of a game.
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I wasn't feeling it early in the game, my legs weren't there. I was definitely feeling the effects of the 10-day break between games. I thought I was better in the second period and I thought we played a good 40 minutes as a team. After we didn't play a good first 20, we went in the locker room and just said, "Hey its behind us now and let's see if we can play a good 40 minutes and start with a good first five minutes." That's what we did. To come back in the game, that one felt good.
We realize it is a small step, but it is a step for us. We have a lot more to do in this series. Our job as a line is to try to push a little bit and help the team go in the right direction. It's not usually us on the score sheet; it's the top guys that are pushing this team the most that usually make the difference. But if we can we help in tiny ways, we feel like we are really helping, and the other guys appreciate that.
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I haven't really seen my goal yet. I don't remember it. I thought the puck was just sitting there and I whacked it in. I guess Jeremy Roenick on the NBC broadcast said that I made a nice play off my feet and stuff on the goal. I'll have to look at it again, maybe a few times.
I didn't think about what I was doing when I got that puck, I was just playing and I think that is when it is the best. You are just playing and trying to enjoy it because you are not in the Stanley Cup Final all the time.
We have some veteran guys that have shown us that this really is a special thing and we have to cherish it. If you play your butt off and it doesn't go your way, that's the way it is. I just want to make sure that I give it everything I got. I'm not even talking about goals, you just want to give it everything you can when you are out there.
On the first goal, the one Connor scored, I couldn't see who it was honestly that was going to the net. I was looking for his stick, but I couldn't find the stick. Eventually I was like, let's just throw it over there and see what happens. I got a good bounce, so that was awesome. It felt like that puck off Connor's skate was in the air for an hour before it went in the net. I was like please just go, go, go, quicker, quicker, quicker and then it was in the net. Then you hope it is not offside or goalie interference and then we were good to go.
Now we just have to regroup from this and start thinking about Game 2 on Wednesday. We'll start that process tomorrow.