Seth Griffith makes like Bobby Orr, but Bruins ruin it with 3rd-period meltdown

Mike Petraglia
October 28, 2014 - 8:05 pm
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No Stanley Cup was on the line Tuesday night at TD Garden, but Seth Griffith certain woke up the Gallery Gods echos when he made like Bobby Orr of May 10, 1970, and flew through the air to score what was, at the time, the go-ahead goal in the second period. But the trouble with this airborne goal is that it wasn't the final goal of the season. It wasn't even in the final goal of the game. The Bruins would score again, on a power-play tally from Milan Lucic, to go ahead 3-1 entering the third period. But the final 20 minutes featured a meltdown as the Wild outworked the Bruins and came away with a 4-3 win at TD Garden. Still, the Griffith goal is what many Bruins fans will take with them out the door as the lone highlight. Gregory Campbell made it all possible when he rushed the net, drew a defender and left Griffith alone to come down the slot and finish it off. It was the rookie's second goal of the night and third of the season. He also added an assist and was just a fight shy of the Gordie Howe hat trick. "It's kind of hard to be happy but two goals -- obviously the win is more important," Griffith said. "It's too bad we didn't have a very good third." "That's probably the brightest thing of the night for us, was the fact that Seth really played a strong game," coach Claude Julien said. "That line last year scored a lot of goals from guys driving the net and he did a great job of driving the net every time. He got rewarded for it and he also made a nice play there on Looch's goal. If there's somebody that should be walking out of here with his head up high, it's him." Griffith's first goal of the night was far less spectacular but just as effective as he put himself in perfect position to race to the backside of the rush, where David Krejci put a perfect pass on his stick from the left circle. All Griffith had to do was finish. "It's good to see him get two goals, especially goals like that that he drives the net so that's what you want from your teammate, to drive the net," Krejci said. "Looch did the same thing, so if some guy drives the net that means it opens up some room for our players, so I thought he played well. Hopefully he can build on this and play the same way the next game. What exactly happened in the third? "We weren't making very good passes," Griffith said, echoing the sentiment of his coach. "It didn't seem like we could break out of our end very good. It came back to bite us in the end." Griffith feels confident that what happened in the third period is fixable by Thursday in Buffalo. "That's easy to fix, you just have to work hard," Griffith said when asked about winning puck battles. "I think we're going to come tomorrow and practice hard. Hopefully we're ready for Buffalo. Every time we win one and then we lose one it's always a step back. We want to be an above five hundred hockey team and tonight we took a step back."