Boston Bruins: Last Skate Of The Day, May 2-3, 2014


May 3, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing

Milan Lucic

(17) reacts after scoring an empty net goal during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins looked like they were about to go 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Conference Stanley Cup Semifinals. Then some kooky old veteran suggested that the Bruins would score a goal every five minutes to get back into the game. Well, they didn’t score a goal every five minutes. They scored three goals in five minutes. The Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the third period to win game two against the Montreal Canadiens 5-3. We all hoped. I don’t think we saw this coming. (Boston Bruins)

Here’s the stat sheet of todays action.

This is how the Canadiens saw the game play out. It’s kind of ironic. The Bruins should have won game one, but the Habs and a little puck luck stole the game from them. In game two, the opposite seemed to have happened. (Montreal Canadiens)

The Montreal Canadiens have surprised me. I knew they were good hockey players. This series is teaching me who remarkable men they are. P.K. Subban has impressed me with his maturity and his ability to take the high road. While I may still think him a diver in the way the Canadiens fans see Brad Marchand, his actions in light of the recent stupidity has been of the highest character. I may never buy his jersey, but I’ll certainly never be able to boo him the way I boo Matt Cooke ever again. (ESPN)

Before I give Subban too much credit here, there was a bit of a duck made by him that sent Shawn Thornton sprawling into the boards. Thankfully, the injury wasn’t serious. Also, it’s not something we haven’t seen from a certain pesty winger on the second line for the Bruins. Thornton sits down with the team at Comcast New England.  (CSNNE)

While there was plenty of chirping, the most unusual part of it came from Bruins coach Claude Julien. The Bruins were issued a bench minor late in the second period due to ferocity of Julien’s disagreement. He explained it to the media after the game.

“I think it was frustration. You could see that, and that’s what I mean — once we put everything aside and just said, ‘Listen, let’s control what we can control here,’ and when we did that, we kind of took it over. And we know it’s not going to get any easier heading to Montreal, so we have to be ready to face adversity at different times because that’s always going to be [there].” – Claude Julien