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One Game at a Time

Kessel & Co. send the series back to Carolina

Monday, 05.11.2009 / 9:03 AM ET / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
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One Game at a Time
BOSTON, MA -- All it takes is one.

Before Sunday night’s do-or-die game five, the Bruins kept repeating that they just needed one win to prolong their season.

“It comes down to a lot of other guys doing things around us, too,” said Marc Savard, particularly of his success in feeding Phil Kessel for two of the B’s four goals of the night, but his statement embodies that “one win at a time” idea.

“He held onto it, he got into the cycle, made a great pass to [Marc Savard] in the cycle, and he got himself open, and those are the kind of things that Phil needs to do,” said head coach Claude Julien of Kessel’s first goal, shot from the side of the net off a cross-ice pass from Savard.  Kessel earned his second two-goal game and third multi-point game of the post-season.

“We need Phil to be Phil,” said Julien simply.  “He’s a skilled player that can make plays, and he’s a skilled player that can get open, and he’s got the best passer in the league in Savvy to feed him.”

Kessel, for one, wasn’t sure what it was that made tonight a success.

“I don’t think I was frustrated,” said Kessel.  “You go out there and play, and if your chances go in, they go in.

“Tonight, they went in.”

It may, of course, have just been the intensity of the playoffs and a must-win situation.

“You have to be emotional and keep [it] in check at the same time,” Kessel said.  “Obviously it was a big game for us tonight.  We were down three to one in the series.  There was some desperation.”

But now that they’ve won game five, the Bruins have to win game six – and, eventually, hopefully, game seven.  And it’s going to take more of those individual efforts to keep that going.

“You keep going, and you keep battling out there and create your own chances,” said Kessel.  “I think we played a physical game all year, and I don’t know if it helped us, but you have to go out there and play your game.

“It’s going to take the same thing, if not better.”

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
2 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
3 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
4 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
5 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
6 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
7 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
8 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 54 21 26 10 47
L. Eriksson 55 18 25 12 43
D. Krejci 45 13 29 5 42
B. Marchand 50 27 14 14 41
R. Spooner 55 11 28 -8 39
Z. Chara 53 8 22 12 30
J. Hayes 53 12 14 -6 26
M. Beleskey 53 8 18 11 26
T. Krug 54 3 21 1 24
B. Connolly 52 7 12 -4 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 20 16 5 .917 2.55
J. Gustavsson 10 3 1 .913 2.54
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