Not only did the B's get out to an early lead, sparking their offense with a Michael Ryder power play goal in the first, but they also ignited the physical nature of the game. Youngster Adam McQuaid got things going as he dropped the gloves with Rod Pelley in the first period.
Tim Thomas was also a physical leader in the matchup. Not that he got into any fights, but his style in net was truly ferocious. Thomas was on his game, and you could still see the fire in his eyes after the matchup.
"I personally approached it as a must-win, and I think the team did too," Thomas told reporters after the game. "We need to get back on track."
Former Bruins tough guy Lyndon Byers dropped in for Monday's edition of NESN Daily and was the first to note Thomas' tenacity in net. LB went on to explain that playing physical is a way of life when you wear the black and gold uniform.
"The Boston Bruins jersey in itself says I'm going to kick your butt up and down the ice every night," Byers said.
Check out more from Byers during NESN Daily by checking out the video below.