As he was quick to point out, only Sean Kuraly truly knows what he was intending when he snapped a puck home from center ice.
Stuck in a scoreless rut stretching back 11 games, Kuraly was looking for any possible way to generate a good look on net Sunday against the Golden Knights.
So maybe a ricochet shot off the end boards might do the trick?
"I don’t think I can say that I did it purpose, but I don’t know,” Kuraly said of the attempt.
In a game as chaotic as hockey, Kuraly’s pedestrian volley from deep was just what the center needed to snap his slump — as the puck skittered back to the slot and past Vegas netminder Malcolm Subban, allowing Jeremy Lauzon to bury his first career NHL goal past an out-of-position goalie.
The rookie defenseman might draw most of the fanfare on the play, but that unorthodox helper off the stick of Kuraly is just the latest step in the right direction for a line that has failed to translate checks, screens and rushes into tangible points.
“I think we’re getting closer as a line and I thought we had some good chances tonight and played well,” Kuraly said. “It’s going to take a ton of chances and that’s what we want to do and once we get one I think we’ll feel a little better about ourselves and keep going.”
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Bruce Cassidy didn’t spend much time discussing the production Boston received from its top line during Sunday’s 4-1 win.
Two goals. Four points. It’s starting to become the norm for the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line.
No, Cassidy instead delved into the production put forward from his third and fourth lines — a welcome surprise given the previous state of the six forwards, but an encouraging development for a Bruins club on the cusp of finally putting the right pieces in place up front.