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Johnny Boychuk on the game winner: 'We needed that'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 7, 2011 12:31 AM

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Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk's second goal of the playoffs turned out the be the game winner tonight. The Bruins defenseman picked up the puck after a faceoff and fired a shot past the glove of Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

"I didn’t really see him go off but after that it was kind of just, as soon as we scored, everybody, we just started to go again," Boychuk said after the series clinching win. "We needed that...

"The puck came back to me and it was kind of rolling and I just tried to put it on net, and it went in. That’s about it... The puck came back to me. It was kind of rolling, and just shot it towards the net and I think it probably dipped a little bit or curved, did something."

More from Boychuk:

On his several shots on net that were similar to his goal… Yeah, you just want to try to get it past that first guy and he saw couple of them and he did a good job. But on that one it was kind of knuckling and it might have moved a little bit on him maybe.

On the defense contributing goals this series…
Just trying to read the play, pinching when we had our third man high, and making sure to keep it deep. And our forwards did a good job backing us up and giving us time to pinch and keep the play alive. And that’s how we join offensively.

On the defense giving up seven goals in four games…
Try to just get in deep and play in their zone and try to eliminate turnovers, and you just keep it in their zone. And it’s an easier game when you’re playing on offense.

On ending the series tonight and having a couple of days off…
Oh it’s great. We were up three-nothing and we want to make sure that when we have that chance to close it off, we wanted to close it off and we did. We had everybody going tonight and Timmy [Thomas] played excellent again for us obviously. And we got offense as well.

On the locker room in between the second and third periods…
Just calm more or less. And we were just talking amongst ourselves just to keep doing the same thing and we did and we finally got opportunities. And we buried.

On the Flyers play tonight…
Well they were swinging guys low and coming with speed. As defense we have to gap up and it’s hard when they’re swinging really deep and there’s a stretch guy, and we have to make sure to pay attention to him. We don’t want to give a breakaway. And we just tried to take away their speed and our forwards did a good job doing that.

On how important it was to stay disciplined…
Well we just didn’t want to give them any life by taking penalties. And we wanted to stay out of the box because we know that they have a good power play and we wanted them to take the penalties and let us go on the power plays.

On face-off wins in this series playing an important role…
Yeah, our centermen have been doing a good job throughout the whole series and we’re going to need that in the next series as well. Winning face-offs, you start with the puck, which is really important, and you have most of the control of the play.

On if he thinks they wore the Flyers down…
We just tried to get it in deep and work them down low, tire them out, and that’s what we did. We just wanted to get pucks deep. We didn’t want a turnover at the blue lines, the red lines. We wanted to make sure to get it in deep and go after them. And we did.

On how enjoyable that last few games have been…
Well obviously I just want to try to get shots through. And it’s been enjoyable getting out there and playing the power play and trying to get those shots through.

On how disappointed they were last year and if this takes any of that away…
It was devastating last year, how it ended. I think everybody in the room knew that. And for us to come out and close series off it four was huge.

On how much they thought about last year throughout the series…
We didn’t really think about it too much to be honest with you. We just wanted to learn from it and just put it behind us and to make sure to just take one game at a time and we did that. I didn’t really think about it too much. You know it happened, you learn from it, and it’s in the past.

On if the momentum from this series will transfer to the next one…
Yeah, well it’s zero-zero. They’re a good team and we just want to make sure to keep playing the way we are.

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