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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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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