Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand are just two reasons Bruins are better late than never
|01.30.13 at 10:26 am ET|
When the Bruins went on their Stanley Cup run in 2011, they made a habit of scoring big goals late in games.
The last two nights, the Bruins have gone back to their Cup-winning formula, hanging in games close and winning them late.
In Raleigh Monday night, they needed someone to step up and it was Dougie Hamilton feeding David Krejci for the go-ahead marker with under two minutes left in regulation.
On Tuesday night, with the team battling to find its legs for 40 minutes, it was Tuukka Rask who held the fort until the burst of energy came in the form of a third-period awakening. The period started strong and finished strong as Nathan Horton beat Johan Hedberg with 4:05 remaining to send the game into a shootout.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Horton said. “That’s what we talked about, you’re not always going to be at your best, but we pull through. You’re down a goal, you’re down two goals, it doesn’t matter you just work hard and fight back. That’s the kind of team we are and the kind of guys we are on our team. We all know we can come back when we’re down and I think that’s what makes us so good.
“I think we knew all along we can come back, we’ve done it a lot before in the past. Just to reassure that, to know that we can come back at any time, I think again when we roll four lines here, we stay fresh, and you keep battling away, eventually you’re gonna win.”
Not even a sausage-throwing moron from the stands could stand in the way of Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand and the Bruins walking away with the hard-earned and well-deserved two points. Talk about tasty. Seguin had to score twice in the shootout to put the Bruins on the board and Marchand netted the game-winner in the sixth “inning” as the shootout went three extra rounds.
“It was tough, but we found a way,” Seguin said. “I think the main thing is, we have to keep our shifts short, and we were pretty good at that. We were pretty stingy. We didn’t give a ton. We played a good game.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who were here when we won [the Stanley Cup]. When we did that, we were through every situation you could think of. We know that it’s not over until the buzzer goes, and we’ve shown that a couple of times already.”
What has scoring late in the third period the past two games has done for the Bruins?
“That seems to be our thing whenever we have good seasons,” Marchand explained. “For instance, two years ago when we did go all the way, we were coming back no matter what the situation was, and I think it just shows the character of this locker room. Obviously still being early in the season, we want to really show our identity, and I think that’s a big part of it.”
It’s only six games in, but the Bruins have found their mo-jo. They’re very confident their legs and execution will follow. Comeback wins like Tuesday night on the heels of a lockout-compressed schedule do wonders for a team’s psyche early in the season.
“It’s big,” Marchand said. “Especially right now. All these points are huge, and we want to get as many as we can. Right now it’s just [about] building confidence, and it’s proven that we can win whether we’re up or down. We need that going forward.”