Being down two goals and having only 20 minutes to make something happen didn’t bother the Bruins.
“We felt pretty good about our second,” said Mark Recchi, who scored the winning goal in the final minute of regulation. “We really felt we had some great opportunities. They got two goals, but we really felt we had some great opportunities and could have been right in the game there. We knew that if we could stick with it, we could come back. We’ve done it in this building before. We believed we could do it. Guys battled hard and competed hard to stick with it. We had a lot of great opportunities even before we scored a couple goals. It was a big win, coming into here and getting a win like that.”
One of the keys was the power play. The Bruins hadn’t scored on the power play in the last five games. They were 0 for 2 in the first period and landed only two shots.
“You hope this will be good for our power play,” Claude Julien said. “Even after the first period when we did have the power plays, it seemed like our confidence was so low that even when we had opportunities, it’s almost like we didn’t see them. We either overpassed or didn’t shoot. We didn’t make the right decisions. That has a lot to do with confidence. Confidence was low, then you score two goals in the third. Hopefully you can build on that and get the power play going again.”
* Big game from Gregory Campbell. The fourth-line center had an empty-net goal and two assists. Campbell was on the ice with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand for the tying goal.
* Matt Bartkowski had 9:53 of ice time in his NHL debut. Bartkowski said he felt more comfortable by the third period.