Eriksson scores first playoff goal since 2008

Eriksson scores first playoff goal since 2008
April 26, 2014, 8:45 pm
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BOSTON - Loui Eriksson rocked shaggy hair, a dirty mustache, and an "Old-Time Hockey" Bruins jacket after Saturday's 4-2 win over the Red Wings.

We can't explain the mustache . . . but the jacket? That's a look we can get behind. Eriksson was given the jacket for being the team's player of the game, handed over to him by last game's recipient, Jarome Iginla.

For Eriksson, it's a different look. Not just the jacket, but the playoffs in general. This is his first trip to the playoffs since 2008, when his Dallas Stars lost in the Conference Finals to the very same Red Wings he helped eliminate on Saturday.

Payback's a- aw, never mind. Eriksson certainly isn't one to puff out his chest, but the Swedish winger had plenty to be proud of after notching his first goal of the postseason, and first since May 14, 2008.

"Yeah, it was definitely a nice feeling to score a goal and get the win for sure," Eriksson said. "I thought they did a good job, they are a tough team to play against but we managed it good and got the four wins."

The Bruins talked about coming out strong in Game 5, and that's exactly what they did. The B's dominated much of the first period, and it was Eriksson who notched the game's first goal 3:27 into the first period.

With Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in the box for hooking Milan Lucic, the B's went on the attack on the power play. Dougie Hamilton made his way down the right side of the ice and threw the puck in front of the net. It bounced off a Red Wings defender to a streaking Eriksson. One deke later, Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson was looking behind him at the puck in the net.

"I guess it was just a lucky bounce and then a good finish by Loui," Hamilton said.

The goal gave Eriksson his second point of the series, having notched an assist in Game 2.

Eriksson has had an up-and-down year in his first season with the B's after being traded to Boston over the offseason in a deal that sent Tyler Seguin to the Stars. While Seguin shined in Dallas, Eriksson dealt with numerous injuries that hampered his season.

But Eriksson did look sharper out on the ice after the Olympics were through, and he's constantly had the support of B's head coach Claude Julien. Asked what the younger guys - and Eriksson - can take from some of the guys on the team who have competed for the Cup, Julien was quick to separate Eriksson from that younger group.

"I think, when you look at Loui you think, what are we getting from Loui, and we’re getting a lot," Julien said. "If you look at tonight’s game, he was a really good player for us and I think Loui just wants to be part of it. He’s a smart player, he has a great stick and that is one of the things I thought our guys did great in this series, we had good sticks, we turned pucks over and Loui is one of the best at that. I don’t know that Loui has to learn a lot from guys who have won, he just wants to be a part of it. He will fit in no problem, he just has to compete and play the way he has."