Pouliot comes up big again for Bruins


Pouliot comes up big again for Bruins

Who would have ever thought that Benoit Pouliot would be showing the way for the rest of the Bruins in the playoffs?

After setting up the game-winning overtime goal in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals, Pouliot did the scoring this time around on his own. The third line right winger cashed in on a backhander off a puck that ricocheted off a skate in front of the net, and tied up a game at 1-1 that was sent into double-overtime.

There it was ultimately decided by Nicklas Backstroms game-winner that evened the series at one apiece, but that was through no fault of Pouliot. Earlier in the game he had toe-dragged a puck right around Mike Green that resulted in a holding penalty, but his first career playoff goal in the third period turned out to be his only shot of the night.

I think the first game went pretty well for our line and today was the same thing, but weve just got to score a little more, said Pouliot. Braden Holtby tried to poke check the loose puck at the same time. I took a whack at it and it ended up in the net. So sometimes just put the puck or whack at it you never know whats going to happen and it ended up pretty good.

Despite all of that Pouliot was one of the most active Bs forwards, and set the example the rest of his fellow forwards should have been following by crashing the net and pouncing on a loose puck. Too often rookie goaltender Braden Holtby was leaving loose rebounds around the net, but the Bruins simply couldnt get to them.

Ben has been playing probably his best hockey since hes been here. They like his grittiness, and hopefully that can be contagious with some of our other guys right now. Thats what we need from everybody, said Claude Julien. Hes working hard and hes going to the net. Great pass last game for the winning goal, and great effort to jump on that loose puck to tie the game and force it into overtime. We need more of that from a lot of other players.

The Bs third line now has combined for two goals in Bostons first two playoff games this year, and Pouliot is taking a driving force role in their first round of the postseason after a year of regular season ups and downs.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”