BOSTON – With 30 goals in their
previous five games, it was no surprise that the Bruins found a
hero when they needed one most on Tuesday night when tied 3-3 with
the Devils in the closing minutes.
The identity of said clutch contributor, however, caught many by surprise.
Benoit Pouliot stepped it up with his biggest goal as a member of the Black and Gold, beating Johan Hedberg with 3:01 remaining in the contest to catapult the Bruins to a 4-3 victory, the team’s sixth-straight win.
And while many foresaw the likes of one red-hot scorer or another rising to the occasion on Tuesday, be it Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron or Tyler Seguin, the Bruins themselves envisioned a big night for No. 67 before their duel with the Devils.
“Well you know, sometimes we talk before the game and a few guys had a good feeling about him,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said of Pouliot. “He works hard and it’s nice to get him that goal. And he needs it and we all need him too, and hopefully that’s going to boost his confidence and he’s that kind of a player that we need him. And for sure, he showed tonight, he had some great scoring chances.
“Even before that I think he hit the side of the net on a low blocker shot and if he would get a better piece of it then I think he would score right there. But it doesn’t matter how he scores, that’s how it comes.”
As expected, Pouliot felt awfully gratified after the big goal.
“At the end I felt like coach had a little more confidence in me and put me out there late and I just put the puck on net,” he said. “It wasn’t a hard shot but it went in anyway so that’s good.”
With two goals now in his last three games, the 25-year-old winger hopes to use the performance as a springboard and become a more consistent contributor going forward.
“It feels good obviously scoring a goal,” Pouliot said. “The game winner or not it just feels good. It helps mentality a lot. You feel good after this. Right now I feel great. We got a tough schedule coming up and it’s just a thing of keeping that going and keeping consistent.”