BRUINS 26-12-5 (57 pts) vs PANTHERS 13-25-6 (32 pts)
3:11 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 3, FLA 0
Bruins Tame Panthers: The Boston Bruins snapped a four-game winless streak, shutting out the Panthers 3-0 today at TD Garden. Tuukka Rask earned today's First Star for his performance against the Panthers in route to his fourth shutout of the season. Jaromir Jagr, Dougie Hamilton and Brad Marchand provided the offensive production for the Bruins, each notching goals.
"Shirts Off Their Backs": Following today's game the Bruins remained on the ice and threw hats and t-shirts into the stands as part of "Shirts Off Their Backs". Shortly thereafter, by season ticket holder request, the Bruins signed their game-worn jerseys one-by-one for first responders and others affected during the incident at the Boston Marathon.
B's Pot Empty Netter: With under two minutes remaining, the Florida Panthers pulled Markstrom to put an extra attacker on ice, in an effort to generate some offense. However, Brad Marchand gave the B's their third goal of the year throwing in an empty net goal from just above the right faceoff circle to give the Bruins a three-goal lead.
Chara to the Box: At 14:45 into the third period, Zdeno Chara was sent to the penalty box for interference, putting the Bruins on the power play. The Bruins had little trouble killing off the penalty to their captain, keeping the Panthers scoreless with just over three remaining in the period.
Rask Earns Shutout: Stopping all 28 shots from the Panthers in today's matinee, Tuukka Rask earns his fourth shutout off the season. Lifetime, Rask now has 15 career shutouts, with three of them coming against the Flordia Panthers.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday against the Flyers in Philadelphia with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
2:11 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: BOS 2, FLA 0
B's on the PP: In the second period, Jaromir Jagr had the puck and picked up a burst of speed heading down the right wing, causing the Panthers' Filip Kuba to trip him up. As Jagr fell to the ice, he still tried to maintain possession, and the tripping penalty was called on Kuba, giving the B's their second power play of the game at 16:32 into the second period. The man-advantage this time around wasn't as strong as the previous power play opportunity (see below), and the Panthers were able to escape the two-minute minor to Kuba without any further damage done.
Dougie Scores: With 6:27 remaining in the second period, Dougie Hamilton notched the B's second goal of the game on a drive from the right point for his fifth goal of the season. With that goal, Hamilton takes sole possession of second place among B's defensemen in goals, and third in the league among NHL rookie defensmen. Earning an assist on the play was Shawn Thornton, which is his third of the year. The play started when Thornton threw the puck into the corner and Daniel Paille retrieved the puck and threw it across the crease. Thornton picked up the loose puck as Florida couldn't clear, and pushed it to Hamilton at the point, who noticed all of the defenders moving towards Chara, and then fired the shot. Coming into tonight's game the Bruins are 10-1-1 when taking a 2-0 lead so far this season and 14-2-2 with a two-goal lead.
Bruins Go on the Power Play: At 5:18 into the first period, Jonathan Huberdeau was called for hooking, sending the Bruins on the power play for the first time today. Despite not scoring, the Bruins showed a strong power play, spending almost the entire man-advantage in the Florida zone, registering three shots on goal, all coming from Patrice Bergeron. The best opportunity came on a Bergeron tip (off Chara's high slot shot), who was stationed in front of Panthers' goaltender Jacob Markstrom. Eight minutes into the second period, the Bruins were outshooting the Panthers 10-1, after getting outshot in the first period 10-7.
Rask Stays Strong: B's goaltender Tuukka Rask had another strong period, stopping all 10 shots from the Panthers in the second frame (20 total) to keep them scoreless for two-straight periods.
1:23 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 1, FLA 0
Peverley to the Box: With 1:13 remaining in the first period, Rich Peverley was called for slashing, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time in today's game. The Bruins finished out the remainder of the period without surrendering a goal, but will have 47 more seconds to kill to begin the second period.
Jagr Scores: At 3:03 into the first period, Jaromir Jagr put the B's up 1-0 with a wrist shot from the seam. Jagr triggered the play by stripping the puck from Florida in their own end, with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg moving the puck around to keep the Panthers from gaining possession. Jagr eventually picked the puck back up and drove the slot methodically, before sending the wrister past Markstrom for his 16th goal of the year and second as a Bruin (he has 2-6=8 totals in nine games as a Bruin). Carl Soderberg picks up his 1st NHL assist and point on the play, with Kelly getting credited with his sixth assist of the season.
Rask Poised: Tuukka Rask was solid in net for the Bruins in the first period, stopping all seven shots from the Florida Panthers. Rask showed superior athleticism on a highlight-reel leg pad save on Drew Shore who tried to punch the puck on the doorstep attempt about halfway through the first period.
Shot Clock: The Bruins and Panthers registered a combined 17 shots in the first period between Boston's seven and Florida's 10. Leading the way for the Bruins is Brad Marchand who has put three of the Bruins seven shots on net. Also registering shots in the first frame were Jarmoir Jagr (1), Shawn Thornton (1), Johnny Boychuk (1) and Zdeno Chara (1).
12:04 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs FLA
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (17-9-4, 2.02 GAA, .927 Save %) vs. Markstrom (6-12-1, 3.33 GAA, .898 Save %). Rask is 6-1-0 with a 0.98 GAA and .969 Save % with two shutouts in seven career games against Florida. Markstrom is 0-1-0 with a 3.05 GAA and .903 Save % in one career game against Boston.
LINEUP UPDATE: Prior to today's game, Coach Julien told media that Nathan Horton (upper body) and Adam McQuaid (lower body) are both out day-to-day and not in today's lineup. Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton are both back in.
“SHIRTS OFF THEIR BACKS” TO FIRST RESPONDERS: The team’s annual “Shirts Off Their Backs” promotion will take place as scheduled today, April 21. However, at the request of Bruins season ticket holders, the signed autographed jerseys worn by the Bruins players during their game against the Panthers will be given to first responders rather than the season ticket holders. Additionally, the Bruins have rescheduled their annual “Fan Appreciation Day” for Sunday, April 28 at the Bruins/Senators game.
BRUINS PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE 4/22: Tickets for the club's first three home playoff games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale on Monday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available for purchase at the TD Garden Box Office, on www.BostonBruins.com and via phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. The 2013 Boston Bruins playoffs are presented by Hallmark Health System.
BRUINS VS PANTHERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Panthers will meet for the 74th time today with the B’s holding a 35-28-6-4 record with a 204-190 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 15-15-4-3 in 37 games at home against the Panthers with a 99-87 scoring edge. In their last 20 games against the Panthers, the Bruins are 14-4-2. The Panthers of just one of two teams (Minnesota) to not have a losing record in Boston and they are the only opponent against whom the Bruins do not have a winning record on ice but do have a winning record on the road.
FACEOFF LEADERS: Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron comes into tonight leading the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 62.1% rate. As a team, Boston leads the NHL as well in faceoff percentage at 56.5%.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Nathan Horton needs two more goals to reach his 200th NHL goal… Jay Pandolfo’s next appearance will be his 900th NHL game.
150 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 150 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: The Florida Panthers will finish up a four-game road stretch in Boston today, having gone winless in the previous three games against the Islanders, Rangers and Devils…Florida defenseman TJ Brennan has registered six points (1-5=6) in his last seven games…Shawn Matthias’s next appearance will be his 250th NHL game… Forward Jack Skille enters tonight one point shy of 50th NHL point…Jonathan Huberdeau leads all NHL rookies in goals (14) and points (28). Huberdeau’s 28 points also leads the Panthers and is second on the squad in the goals department.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 17-for-112 (15.2%, 23rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 130-for-148 (87.8%, 2nd NHL)… Panthers power play: 28-for-134 (20.9%, 6th NHL), Penguins penalty kill: 104-for-143 (72.7%, 30th NHL).