Obvious trap game but the Boston Bruins should take 2 points from a really terrible panthers team. Panthers have hit the skids after coming off a decent road trip and most likely have their fingers crossed the Bruins spent their night off in Florida getting hammered on rum and cokes. Tuukka is coming in at 4-1-0 all time vs. the Panthers with a .97 GAA and a .969 Save %. Out of the 3 goalies, no one has locked down the number 1 spot for Florida.
It was the Bruins 4th line that had the first real chance of this game when Greg Campbell got a behind the net pass from Thorton. Campbell followed that with a mid air rebound after a shot from the point. The Lucic, Krejci, Horton line played physical throughout the first period. Panthers fought back but just could not figure out the B's defense which lead to Lucic scoring of the face off with an assist from David Krejci. Florida got very very close to slipping one past Tuukka, the horn even prematurely going off, but Tyler Seguin was able to dig it out before it crossed the line. Lucic dominated Florida physically for all 20 minutes of the first but Zdeno Chara's spin-o-rama (see video below) goal after pass from Marchand was truly the highlight of the first. Kopecky did score after a really bad shift by the fourth line, digging out a ugly goal in the slot. Bruins spent the remainder of the period on the PK after Chris Kelly took a tripping penalty but ended up improving their PK record to 52 for 55.
Chris Kelly scored his first goal of the year after Bergeron stepped on the puck, fell, and Florida defenseman Campbell paid the price with a hooking penalty. The assist went to Chris Bourque who had now scored 3 PP assists and is currently leading the Bruins in that stat. The majority of the period was a defensive battle, the Panthers edging the Bruins out somewhat after Kelly's goal. With about 5 minutes left in the second, Tyler Seguin came screaming down the ice and rang the post loud which was followed by a furious flurry of shots by Bergeron, Marchand, and Seidenberg. At about the 2 minute mark, Lucic was called for 2 minors after laying a beat down on Weaver after a dirty crosscheck from behind the officials missed. While the Bruins contintued their PK perfection, Milan Lucic, obviously upset by the no-call by the officials, ran his mouth a bit too much and ended up getting a 10 minute misconduct. Bruins rode the PK to the end of the 2nd, topping it off by a beautiful shorthanded breakaway bid by Rich Peverly.
Bruins start on the PK, having to kill 1:41 on Lucic's double minor. Panthers had zero shots on their PP and adding insult to injury the Bruins ended up with 2 short handed bids. The first half of the third was a show of Boston defensive prowess. They held the lead and spend a lot of the third north of the red line. When the Panthers did find their legs and began to play, Tuukka Rask, living up to his stats against Florida, stopped all the opportunies that sqeaked by the Bruins defense, one in particulair where Marcel Goc tried to go top shelf on him. With 3:24 left in the game Chara sent Kopecky ass over teakettle in the slot and was sent to the box for interference. Nevertheless, Boston put the dagger in Florida's heart (still on the PK mind you) with an open net goal by Daniel Pallie (his first PP point) leading to the Boston Bruins first 3-goal lead all season.