Bruins knew it was a goal all along


Bruins knew it was a goal all along

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- It was the clunk, not the ting.

That sound allowed Mark Recchi to make the call himself with 2:49 remaining in overtime on Tuesday night at the TD Garden. As soon as Dennis Seidenberg's shot re-directed off some part of the Buffalo net, the veteran winger pointed towards the ref as if to say Seidenberg's slapper on the 4-on-3 power play went in.

Seidenberg stepped into the high slot and let go a shot that appeared to hit either the crossbar or the inside padding under the crossbar. The Bruins thought it was the latter. The on-ice official behind the net thought it was the former, and made no call. Play continued for nearly another minute until Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller covered the puck up for a stoppage.

Replays showed Seidenberg's shot hit the padding underneath the crossbar, giving the Bruins a 3-2 overtime win.

Bruins players began to celebrate before the on-ice officials even made the call. They saw the replay on the TD Garden jumbotron. But it's something they didn't even need to see. Everyone had a feeling it was a goal.

"We all knew on the ice that it was in," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara after the win. "I think all those guys who were on the ice knew."

"I thought it went in," said Seidenberg. "I wasn't sure, but I thought it went in. I was just hoping for a quick whistle so they could check it."

Even those on the bench had a similar feeling.

"From the bench, I saw the mesh go up," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "But you don't know if it's the stick that hits it, or whatever, and we saw Recchi kind of signaling a goal. I just asked upstairs, through assistant coach Geoff Ward, whether it was a goal or not, as the play was going on. And we were told that it was."

Some judged the puck's fate by its sound.

"I knew it went in," said Recchi. "You could hear the clunk. It wasn't the ting, the crossbar sound. It was underneath.

"You've got to keep going," added Recchi. "I mean, you think it went in. I heard the thud, and I knew it was in, but you've got to keep playing."

The Bruins kept playing and kept the pressure on during their four-minute power play, which was caused by a Luke Adam's high stick on Marc Savard that drew blood.

And while the goal was originally given to Seidenberg, it was quickly changed and credited to Recchi, his sixth of the season. Recchi was screening Miller out front, and got a piece of Seidenberg's shot with his hand, re-directing it upstairs.

"It just hit me, really, I mean, I was just trying to get a good screen for Seidenberg," said Recchi. "It was a great shot by him, and it was a good PP. It was a good 4-on-3, we really did a good job."

Seidenberg's shot from the point was an example of the Bruins' defensemen creating offense, a little bit better than they have been all season. The only current Bruins defensemen with a goal are Seidenberg (1) and Chara (4).

Seidenberg's ability to quickly set up for a blast in the high slot is exactly what the B's are looking for more of.

"I think it's coming around, and what we're doing better, and what you saw Dennis Seidenberg do well, is he got himself in a shooting lane, so when David Krejci gave him that pass, he had a shooting lane, and he just let it rip," said Julien. "That was the biggest thing earlier on. I think we were getting the puck and by the time we were teeing it up to shoot, they had a player lined up in that shooting lane. So we're doing a better job of getting to open lanes here, and getting those shots through. I think that's a big key for our D to help us create some offense."

Even if the goals don't immediately count.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.

*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.

*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.

*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.

*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.

*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.

*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.

*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.