The Boston Bruins were on the ropes. They were trailing 2-1 after two periods of play on Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. Jake DeBrusk evened the game before David Krejci scored his 12th of the season to cap a 3-2 comeback victory just 48 hours after blowing a 3-0 lead in Pittsburgh. DeBrusk spoke to the media in the Bruins locker room postgame on Tuesday.
Even when trailing after two periods, the Bruins were calm. They did not dwell on their deficit in the second intermission. Instead, the Bruins came out determined and controlled the final frame on their way to key a victory heading into the All-Star break.
“We understood that we just needed to tie the game,” DeBrusk told reporters postgame from the Bruins locker room. “I thought we started off the third period actually really well, then obviously I was able to get one there. Then we just kinda fluctuated a little but, obviously it was a tight game. Tonight we just made the right plays at the right time.”
DeBrusk wired home his 15th goal of the season 4:26 into the third period to even the game at two. DeBrusk now has nine points in his last eight games. He credits, at least partially, his skating for the recent hot stretch.
“Yeah, I even had a breakaway too where I shoved it into his chest,” DeBrusk joked when asked by BHN’s Jimmy Murphy if his speed is to credit for his recent play. “Obviously that is a point of emphasis and something they want to see more of out of me. I knew I had it, just seemed like my gear wasn’t really going. I don’t know if it’s necessarily mental or things I was doing off the ice. It’s definitely been a focus of mine. Just keep the feet moving and understanding that if I do have a bit of a jump I’ll have some space out there.”