Thursday, February 16, 2012
Benoit Pouliot snaps goalless drought
By James Murphy
MONTREAL -- Prior to the Boston Bruins' 4-3 shootout win at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night, Bruins winger Benoit Pouliot was discussing his then-15-game goalless drought and how he might snap out of it.
"It's not that I'm not getting my chances, it's just I'm not producing," Pouliot said. "One bad bounce that way but one good bounce my way and getting streaky again and back to what I've been doing before and I think I'll be OK."
Benoit Pouliot, left, celebrates his goal against the Canadiens on Wednesday.
Pouliot got that lucky bounce 5:07 into the second period. He picked up a loose puck at mid-ice and scored a highlight goal, deking out Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli and beating Habs goalie Carey Price for a 2-1 Bruins lead.
"It feels good," Pouliot said. "We could've had a couple more tonight but it felt good to take that thing off my shoulder and keep that consistency going."
Bruins coach Claude Julien was happy to see Pouliot finally get his ninth goal. Julien credited him for his hard work on a night that the Bruins needed all hands on deck, especially after Rich Peverley went down with a knee injury in the second period.
"I think Ben was good tonight and we talked about straightforward hockey and wanting to make a difference because he's capable of doing that," Julien said. "We needed him tonight with the way the game was going and certain guys had some heavy minutes and then he has a tendency to score highlight-reel goals and he did it again tonight."
Before the game, Julien had a feeling Pouliot might finally score.
"I think there's a few guys that haven't scored in a while but Benoit's game is when he's playing north-south and he gets better chances and that's what he's trying to get back to," Julien said. "At the same time the lines have been mixed up and he seemed to be starting to build good chemistry with [Chris] Kelly and Peverley and that line was serving us really well."