|Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) works for the puck with Florida Panthers' Dennis Wideman (6) in front of Panthers goalie Tyler Plante during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Rochester, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The Panthers won 3-2. (AP Photo/ David Duprey) |
Following a spectacular goaltending performance by Tuukka Rask
in Wednesday's 4-2 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal's Bell Centre, a veteran laden Florida Panthers squad dropped the Bruins, 3-2, in an exhibition game played in Rochester, New York's BlueCross Arena.
"Well, I think, we had trouble getting by their D," said rookie blueliner Steve Kampfer. "I think we played solid defensively, but we had trouble getting the puck by them."
Jeffrey LoVecchio, who netted both of Boston's goals, agreed with Kampfer, but kept a positive outlook on the night.
"We were getting in their zone, but we weren’t really crashing the net too hard," said Lovecchio. "Our two goals were the result of just going to the net and pucks going the right way for us.”
“I’m just happy to be out there and excited to get started,” added LoVecchio, in regards to his battles with injury over the past two seasons.
"If anything, especially for us young guys, it was exciting," he said. "It was the closest thing we’ve had to an NHL game, playing against a full team like that."
LoVecchio's goals kept the game close and gave the Bruins several chances to tie the score in the third period..
“The first [goal], the one back to Kampfer, he put a good shot on that and I just got my stick on it and tipped it, kind of fooled the goalie and redirected it," said Jeff. "The second one, I passed it over to [Kampfer] for a one-timer, and carried it off his pad and, luckily, it came right out to me in the slot,
"I just put my head down and shot it, and it went in.”
Boston head coach Claude Julien acknowledged the B's youth in the face of an older Florida roster, and said that he thought it was a good learning experience for his youngest players.
"I think if anything, it gave us a chance to see how those guys handle that kind of adversity and that kind of challenge," said Julien. "We were playing an experienced team They were a little nervous in the beginning, but they got better as the game went on.”
"We definitely had some real quality chances to tie the game, and their goalie made some outstanding saves, and I thought that was the difference in the third.”
Boston will play the Panthers again on Saturday at TD Garden. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.