Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
had 34 saves while forwards Brad Marchand
and Milan Lucic
continued their hot streaks, each netting a goal.
“I’m just taking it one at a time, just looking at every game here and just try to create chances and opportunities. I’ve had some real great linemates this year, and I feel like I’ve been skating better,” Lucic said after the game.
“I’ve worked on my shot so I think that’s a big reason why I’ve been able to produce.”
Boston was looking to pick up the win in their final game before the All-Star break after suffering a setback to the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Monday.
“We’re feeling great right now. You know, we had a ten-game swing that we kind of wanted to run after. We’ve got seven of our last ten, so we’re feeling pretty good,” said Marchand.
“We have a great squad heading into the All-Star break, and we need to make sure we come back hungry and ready to go.”
The Bruins kept up the pressure throughout the entire game, outshooting Florida in each of the first two periods, and putting nine shots on goal in the third.
“Usually the first game back from a road trip is an easy one to make an excuse for, but nobody did,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton
. “Everyone showed up to play tonight.”
Heading into the break the Bruins sit on top of the Northeast Division, four points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens, and third in the Eastern Conference.
“We’ve improved as the year has gone on. I think our consistency has gotten a lot better. There is still some room for improvement, but that is just how it is. You have to improve and get better as a team,” said B’s forward Patrice Bergeron
“It is a long season and you can’t look too far ahead. I think we have been doing that so far.” ---Hannah Becker