Boston's margin for error has been pretty slim this season. Terrific goaltending by Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask have given them a chance to win every game, along with tremendous defensive led by cornerstone Zdeno Chara.
So the Bruins flinched when Chara went down with a "lower body" injury in the same game that coach Claude Julien pulled an ineffective Thomas from the nets.
Boston won the game 5-3, but that victory may have been very costly if Chara has to miss significant time.
“We don’t know if it is minor or whether he’ll be back in next game, I’m not quite sure, so it’s hard to comment on that until I know the severity of it,” Julien told reporters. “But throughout the season, you’re going to have some injuries and you’re going to have to live with them, so no matter what happens, we came out in the third tied 3-3 without him and we won it.
"So you have to credit the team for that effort. It’s five games in eight nights and our group is a little tired. We just had to battle through it and I thought our guys did a good job of that."
Veteran defenseman Joe Corvo helped relieve some of Boston's angst by scoring his first two goals of the season. The Bruins added him during the offseason hoping to add some offense, but it took him a while to deliver.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Corvo told reporters. “I can’t remember the last time I went 20-some odd games without scoring, especially on a new team. It’s nice to get that one, and then add another one. It was pretty important.”