But without the equalizer from Taylor Hall to tie the game in the final minutes, who knows how Game 2 of the first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series would have played out.
Inside three minutes left in regulation and trailing by a goal, Craig Smith had a shot denied and his Bruins teammates jumped on second-chance opportunity.
He and Matt Grzelcyk were credited with assists after Hall ultimately buried the puck.
“Yeah, it was a greasy goal for sure, but it kind of started in our own zone with a clean pass by Grizz and we were able to come up the ice for as a five-man unit, make a play at the line and get it there,” Hall said over Zoom after the tying game.
Hall’s clutch goal sent the Bruins to overtime. And as gritty as it was, it probably felt good to contribute in such a timely manner after a quiet Game 1 against the Capitals.
“Well listen, I think what happens, you have a great start to your Bruins career, and then the other night it didn’t really happen for him,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the win. “So you want to make a difference. I love guys like that — they want to make a difference. … Listen, he’s been really invested since he’s been here.”
Hall and the Bruins travel back to Boston, where they host the Capitals for Game 3 of the series.
Puck drop is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET. You can catch all the action on NESN beginning at 5:30 p.m.