Things weren’t looking very good for the Boston Bruins during the first period of their matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, but it was a whole different game by the final frame.
The B’s didn’t get on the board until the beginning of the third period, but they made those last 20 minutes count and came from behind for the 3-2 win. Needless to say, head coach Claude Julien was a happy camper.
“I think guys just found a way there after a while,” Julien told NESN’s Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley after the game. “I thought our first period was really a tough period, but at the same time, I thought Detroit was playing really well. … The second period was about trying to get our game going, and it got a little bit better but certainly not to the extent that we needed it.
“I think after that second goal, it kind of gave us a really good jolt there, and we decided if we’re going to win we might as well pick up our game, and some guys came up big for us.”
One of those guys was Brett Connolly, who played hard in his Bruins debut despite missing the entire month of March with a broken finger.
“Well it really impressed — for a guy who missed four or five weeks, whatever it was with that injury — to come back in that first game and have that kind of an impact,” Julien said. “He was really physical, he was making plays, he’s got good hands, got a quick release, too, but you could see him getting better as the game went on.”
Here more from the head coach in the video above.