FOXBORO -- So how did the Patriots feel when Billy Cundiff lined up for -- and then missed -- the potential game-tying field goal?
Jerod Mayo: "Child-like joy. Its all about child-like joy. Last night felt like the day before Christmas for me and I havent had that feeling in a long time. At this level, the day before Christmas is like a regular day. But now I just feel like I got my present. We have one more game to go. Well enjoy this one tonight and get back to work tomorrow."
Matt Light: "The taste and the victory and the whole nine yards. When you get an opportunity to do it again its incredible. Its an incredible feeling. It will take a while to sink in that were going to the Super Bowl and then it will be a heck of a week of preparation as always, but this is what we fought hard for all year to have an opportunity to get to the Super Bowl. Well see how it goes from there."
Devin McCourty: "We were going to block it. Thats what I was thinking that we were going to block it and not go to overtime and win and go to the Super Bowl. The guys came off the ball had a great rush and thats the difference. You just want to keep the pressure on the kicker and it went wide left and next thing you know Im sprinting down the field."
Aaron Hernandez: "I was watching. My heart was pumping because I knew I had a chance to make that play so we wouldnt have to give the ball back to them. It was crazy. I feel bad for Billy Cundiff because its a tough kick with a lot of pressure, but Im glad we came away with a victory."
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BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.
Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.
That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.
“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”
In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:
K. Miller-C. Miller