BSJ Game Report: Bruins 5, Devils 3 — Adam McQuaid provides heroics on a crazy night in Jersey

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NEWARK, N.J. -- On June 7, 2013, Adam McQuaid scored the game-winning goal en route to a 1-0 victory as the Bruins completed a sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

It was the goal that sent the Bruins onto the Stanley Cup finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. Entering Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, the veteran defenseman had scored only six goals since his heroic postseason tally. McQuaid recorded his first of this season, which proved to be the game-winner, in a bizarre 5-3 win over the Devils.

"That one (in the ECF) was a little nicer than this one," McQuaid said with a smile.

His goal against the Devils wasn't pretty but it was effective. He's been doing a better job this season of pinching, winning puck battles along the walls and keeping the play alive in the offensive zone.

"I'm trying to be more involved offensively," he said. "When the opportunities are there to keep plays alive, and to make the right reads, but still trying not to give up odd-man rushes, or being risky. It's a work in progress."

That's how the game-winner unfolded.

He was on the right point when teammate Riley Nash controlled the puck along the wall. He had two defenders closing in when he tossed the puck back to the blue line. McQuaid was actually a step outside the zone when he moved into position and took an off-balance shot. The puck bounced in the slot and beat Eddie Lack to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead at 11:55 of the third period.

"I was just trying to keep the puck in and direct it towards the net and I got a good bounce," McQuaid said.

"Good for him," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "I'm happy that he's rewarded. He's not your typical offensive guy, but when he gets the puck he tends to put it back below the goal line or on net, or makes the play that's in front of him. We got a lucky break on the way in, but if you throw enough at the net hard, it'll rattle around for you. Adam's a hard, great team guy, so for him to get the game-winner like that, every guy in that room was excited for him."

Players on the Bruins' bench went nuts.

"We're all very happy he's the one that got the game-winner because he deserves it," said Bruins' Torey Krug. "He battles so hard for us. He does little things -- blocks shots, makes big hits, fights when he has to and for him to get that one and play with some confidence, it's nice to see him get rewarded."

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