BOSTON -- Benoit Pouliot was anxious to get back into the mix for the Bruins after he missed the last three games with an illness. Jordan Caron had stepped into his spot while improving with each game that he played in, but the door was opened again for Pouliot when Rich Peverley needed a rest Monday night due to a minor undisclosed injury."
So Peverley sat, and Pouliot managed to open the game with his first career goal as a member of the Bruins and helped open things for a 5-2 victory over the Islanders at the Garden. Pouliot went hard to the net on the first shift of the game and crashed down toward the net as Caron tossed a puck that was hiding in Evgeni Nabokovs skates.
Pouliot sped to the front of the net and pushed the loose puck into the back of the net to give Boston a quick advantage, and give the Bruins some production from their free agent signee out of Montreal. Pouliot finished with 8:39 of ice time, the one shot on net, and a takeaway, giving further evidence that things are getting incrementally better in a Black and Gold uniform.
Pouliot is still fighting to get noticed for the right reasons, but at least the frenetic energy and production met for a meaningful performance in Boston. It doesnt mean Pouliot is going to suddenly realize his vast potential with the Bruins, but at least there was a little something.
The Bruins coaching staff wants Pouliot to use his 6-foot-3 lanky frame as a potential screen and shot-changer camped in front of the net. That position along with his linemates led to lighting the lamp.
It was nice to see, and Pouliot was in the right place. He was right there, put on the breaks, and banged it in. In the second period we almost had another identical one, with Jordan Caron throwing it across the crease, said Julien. Pouliot is a guy thats working hard, hes trying to find his way on this hockey club, trying to adapt.
His work ethic and compete level is there, so, again, weve just got to keep working with him and see how far we can go.
It remains to be seen if Peverley can return to the lineup. Also, Daniel Paille could miss time with a suspected broken nose after taking a Steve Staios slapper straight to the face in the third period. But in a world where some of the bottom six Bs forwards are getting a little banged up, Pouliot might get a few more chances to string together some meaningful performances.