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Patrice Bergeron: 'We had to wake up, step up, and be desperate'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 24, 2011 01:15 AM

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Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron talked about the team's come from behind win over the Lightning in Game 5, and setting up Brad Marchand with the go-ahead goal in the second period.

After a sluggish first period, the Bruins came to life in the second. Bergeron was asked what was said between periods that changed things for the Black and Gold.

"We told ourselves that we’re actually pretty lucky to be only down one-nothing with that first period," Bergeron said. "So we had to wake up and step up and to be desperate."

Bergeron said he trying to draw in the Lightning defense on his pass to set up Brad Marchand’s tie-breaking goal in the second period.

"I was just waiting for Marchy [Brad Marchand] to get open," Bergeron said. "I knew he was going to beat him with speed and I was just taking my time to kind of suck that defenseman to me too and I just tried to put the puck on his stick."

Zdeno Chara drew in Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman on the Marchand goal.

"Yeah he saw me coming down," Bergeron said regarding Chara's play. "I kind of yelled at him to let it go and he did. So I was happy obviously with that play. It was a great pick for him and he gave me that space to make the play."

More from Bergeron's postgame locker room session:

On it not being the greatest game for them but a big win nonetheless… Yeah in playoffs I mean all that matters is the win obviously. We’re not satisfied with the overall game but we’re satisfied with the result. And now we’re going to concentrate on the next game.

On the difference from last game…
We found a way. Timmy [Tim Thomas] was huge for us I think defensively. After that first, that shaky first, I thought we turned it around and we played well.

On what the problem was in the first period…
I think we just, they came out hard and we weren’t moving our feet.

On how good he feels to be up 3-2…
We’re happy with it but it’s not, you haven’t accomplished anything with a three-two lead. Obviously we need that fourth win and it’s the toughest one to get. And we know they’re not going to quit and for us it’s about finding a way.

On what it says about the team to not play their best game but still finding a way to win…
Well it just shows some character and obviously we were opportunistic on our chances. Obviously we didn’t have that many shots. But I thought we did a better job at having traffic in front of them. And we found a way but still it’s got to be better.

On taking the lead going into the third after last game…
Yeah weren’t worried about that to be honest with you. We knew it was a one game thing and we knew that we had to come back to our game. And we did that especially in the third, and that was our best period.

On tonight’s penalty kill…
Yeah it was huge. I think it was one reason why we won, the way that we killed those penalties.

On if he was surprised to see Mike Smith start in goal for Tampa…
No, we were ready for both goalies. We kind of, we didn’t really care who it was going to be in there. They’re both good goaltenders and we got to, we found a way but he played well, we got to have more traffic.

On how much of a momentum boost is Tim Thomas’s performance…
Yeah, it was huge. I mean obviously we, like I said, we were lucky to be only down one nothing so that’s what we were happy about after the first and we had to wake up and turn it around and step up. And I think we did that in the last two periods.

On how much momentum they gained from the penalty kills at the end of the second…
Yeah it was huge. Our penalty kill like I said has been great especially this game. It’s been one reason why we won tonight, the way that we competed and the way that we played out there even though there’s one penalty kill where [Chris] Kelly and I can’t remember who stayed on the ice for almost two minutes but still, they didn’t give out much and they found a way to get the puck out.

On they are going to approach Game 6 now…
It’ll come down to being desperate to get that fourth win. Obviously it’s the toughest one to get, but we got to get it right away. We can’t wait. We got to go out there, and it’s in our hands.

On if Game 4 will prevent any letdowns from happening in Game 6…
Well yeah, I mean obviously in Game 4 we didn’t want to, we didn’t want that to happen. But it did and we got to move forward and look forward and I think, yeah, you’re right, we got to play sixty. And it doesn’t matter if you’re up ten-nothing, they’re not going to quit. So you got to keep going.

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