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Bruins Fast Start Too Much for Florida

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- All week Head Coach Claude Julien preached the importance of his team getting out to an aggressive, early start against the Florida Panthers.

Florida, who was playing their third game in four days, couldn't keep up with the Bruins, who put together a 4-0 first period en route to an 8-0 victory.

“The schedule is made that way – we knew it was their third game in four nights and we felt they were going to be tired, and they were and they looked tired tonight,” Julien said. “But that doesn’t mean we should go out there and just kind of go through the motions. It was important that we played a solid game and we did.”

Defenseman Gregory Campbell, who spent his first seven seasons with the Panthers, knew that if his team got a big lead, Florida would not go down without a fight.

But Campbell said that getting the big, early lead certainly helped.

“I don't think that team was going to mail it in, they compete hard and they didn't make any excuses either,” Campbell said. “It's tough for them with the schedule and with the guys they have injured. For us to establish a big lead like that early takes a lot of momentum away from them.”

Forward Patrice Bergeron, who scored a goal and had two assists, said that it was just as important to stand strong after they grabbed a big lead, and made sure they finished the game.

“We’re trying to establish consistency throughout 60 minutes and I think we have to do that,” Bergeron said. “Obviously, we don’t want to embarrass them at all. We know they’re a tough team to beat, and they play hard, so you can’t really stop there.

"It was a good game by us.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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