Miller: 'It just took a bad bounce'

Miller: 'It just took a bad bounce'
May 13, 2014, 12:30 am
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The play looked routine, but it quickly went haywire, and the Bruins quickly found themselves down 1-0 in Game 6.

After a Montreal dump-in just over two minutes into the game, Tory Krug ended up with the puck behind the Bruins net. He wheeled to pass to his defensive partner Kevan Miller, but Miller couldn't handle it, and it caromed awkwardly off the boards toward the front of the Bruins net.

Goalie Tuukka Rask attempted to poke it away from a charging Lars Eller, but he whiffed. In a desperate attempt to retrieve his mistake, Miller couldn't get there in time.

The puck ended up on Eller's backhand and he had a wide open net on which to shoot. Miller slammed his stick on the ice after watching his team go down a goal.

"It was an unfortunate play on my part there," Miller said. "I gotta do a better job on that. It just took a bad bounce. After that, we got rolling. Just never were able to get one back."

Rask looked caught off guard on the play. After the game, he described it as one of the many "gifts" the Bruins gave the Canadiens in the 4-0 victory for Montreal.

"It kind of took the energy out of us because they got that goal in the first couple of minutes there," Rask said. "We definitely didn't manage the puck as well as we wanted to at the beginning and that gave them that goal."

Claude Julien was similarly critical of the goals given away by Boston -- starting with Eller's which came just 2:11 into the game.

"I didn't like the way they got their goals tonight," Julien said. "We could've been better in reagrds to that."

For Miller, it was his second botched play in the series that led to a goal. In the first period of Game 3 in Montreal, he lost track of Tomas Plekanec and the Bruins went down early 1-0.

For his part, Miller said the Montreal atmosphere didn't get to him in Game 6.

"In the locker room we were loose and we came out OK," he said.

It just didn't last long.