The Bruins overcame another battle of adversity and displayed their resiliency in their third period comeback victory over the Habs in Game 2. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily.
Resilience (noun) - The ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.
Those are the words that the Merriam-Webster dictionary uses to describe the definition of resilience.
See also: Boston Bruins.
The Black and Gold are no strangers to resiliency. They displayed it several times in their quest for the Stanley Cup three years ago. Their triumphant Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs fits the definition to a T (no pun intended, MBTA).
The Bruins’ resilience was put to the test again in Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens. They had everything going against them: a hot goalie in Carey Price, a plethora of missed chances, a tough second period, a perennial Bruins Killer striking twice (Tomas Vanek) and some less than questionable officiating through the first 50 minutes as they trailed 3-1. They were 10 minutes away from heading to Montreal in a 0-2 series hole.
But then it all changed when Brad Marchand’s pass landed on Dougie Hamilton’s tape. The 20-year old fired it past Price through a sea of traffic to put the Bruins within one at 10:56 of the third.
“I just tried to join the rush and it was a good pass from Marshy and I knew there were guys in front of me and I just tried to get a shot off,” Hamilton said. “I didn’t see where it went, but it was nice to hit that spot and get stuff rolling.”
The snowball effect then took over.
Patrice Bergeron - as he did in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs - came through in the clutch again to tie the game at 3-3 as his shot from a bad angle found its way through Price at 14:17. Just 2:11 later, Reilly Smith, playing in his first postseason, took a feed from Torey Krug to put the Bruins ahead for good. Milan Lucic ended it with an empty netter with 1:06 left.
“You don’t really expect it from how the game started,” said Smith, while donning the Old Time Hockey jacket as the player of the game during his press conference. “It’s tough when we’re taking a lot of penalties and there’s not a lot of flow. But it seems when it gets down to it, 5-on-5, I think we played well and we dominated the third period, and when you get a couple of bounces, it gets you wearing this jacket.”
Four goals in less than eight minutes (7:58 to be exact). The result: the Bruins, 5, the Canadiens, 3.
So where was this effort for the other 53:02? The answer is unknown, but as the old adage says, a win is a win.
“Obviously we’ve got to find a way to not get into that position if we can. But, I think we’re a resilient group and we have the confidence that we can actually come back in games,” said Bergeron. “Tonight was a perfect example of that. That being said, they outplayed us for more than half the game, so we’ve got to be better.”
“I think we’re really confident when it starts going, and it would be nice if we played 60 minutes and not just third periods, like we have been,” Hamilton added. “I think it’s been fun the last two games with those comebacks, but we’ve obviously got to get better and keep improving.”
The Bruins, again, after all they battled through, conquered adversity.
“I thought a lot of crap that we put up with today was pretty indicative of what our team is all about,” head coach Claude Julien said. “It just shows that if you just focus on the things that we need to focus on, this is a pretty good team that can accomplish a lot.”
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