Saturday, April 14, 2012
Julien wants team to follow Pouliot's lead
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- After a solid first season in Boston with 16 goals and 16 assists, forward Benoit Pouliot continues to thrive in the playoffs.
Pouliot assisted on Chris Kelly’s overtime winner in Game 1, and in Game 2, the Bruins winger scored the Bruins' lone goal, tying the game in the third period of a game the Bruins lost in double overtime 2-1. With the series tied at one headed back to Washington for Games 3 and 4, coach Claude Julien said he'd like to see the rest of his team play more like Pouliot.
“I think Ben’s been playing probably his best hockey since he’s been here,” Julien said of Pouliot. “We like his grittiness, and hopefully that can be contagious with some of our other guys right now. That’s what we need from everybody.
"He’s working hard and he’s going to the net. He had a great pass last game for the winning goal, and great effort to jump on that loose puck to tie the game [Saturday] and force it into overtime. We need more of that from a lot of other players.”