WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins winger Blake Wheeler can look back and laugh at the missed scoring chances he had in Wednesday’s overtime because Miro Satan saved the day with his double-overtime goal that earned Boston a 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Buffalo.
Here’s a look his best shot, which came shorthanded in overtime No. 1 :
“It was really just everyone was in great position defensively,” Wheeler said while describing the shorthanded bid. “And the [Buffalo] guy tried to force a pass out front. I was right in the slot there. The puck went to Dennis [Wideman], he hammered it off the glass or something and [David] Krejci made a heads-up play. I thought I was gone from the blue line. I didn’t know there was a guy there, so it kind of surprised that me that [Jason] Pominville was right behind me.
“So I had to giddy up pretty fast and I had to rush it a little bit. I would’ve liked to have taken my time a little more, but he was right on me. It was a good heads-up play by those guys to get me going.”
Wheeler wasn’t alone in his missed chances. Satan even had an earlier opportunity to send the Garden faithful home happy. But, of course, that’s been the story of the Bruins’ season. The league’s worst offense in the regular season, however, has been scoring enough timely goals to build its lead in the series.
“It’s tough when you have great chances in overtime and you don’t score because you’re just waiting for the other team to cash in on their opportunity,” said Wheeler. “But we said it all year, it’s like a broken record: you judge yourself on how you play, the opportunities you get. If they don’t go in, so be it. But hopefully next game they will. Thank God Miro came up with a big one for us.”