BRUINS (3-2-0) AT PANTHERS (2-5-0)
10:05 pm - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, FLA 2
SMITH MAKES HIS FIRST COUNT, LIFTS B'S TO WIN: With 58.7 seconds to go in the third frame, Reilly Smith was able to send a backhander past Florida's Tim Thomas, five-hole for his first goal as a Boston Bruin, which proved to be the game winner. Earning assists on the play were Patrice Bergeron (2) and Torey Krug (2). With that goal, Reilly Smith extends his point streak to three straight games with one goal and two assists during that time. The Bruins are back in action on Saturday as they take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay at 7:00 pm ET.
WINCHESTER TIES IT: With six minutes to go in the third period, Jesse Winchester was able to knot the game at two, whacking in his own in rebound past Tuukka Rask glove-side on in front of the Bruins crease. Winchester's goal is his first of the season with Nick Bjugstad getting credited with the assist on the play for his first point of the year.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: At 6:24 into the third period, Florida's Dmitry Kulikov was called for a double minor when his stick clipped David Krejci in the face putting the Bruins on an extended four minute power play. The Bruins registered three shots on goal during the man advantage from Jarome Iginla, Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug, but the pressure wasn't enough as Florida was able to kill off the penalty to Kulikov to keep themselves within one. The Bruins are now one for two on the power play this evening.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Saturday, October 19 as they take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
9:14 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, FLA 1
B'S HOT ON THE DOT: As a team, the Bruins are 20 for 34 on the faceoff dot (Florida is 14 for 34) with Patrice Bergeron leading the way, winning draws at a 70% clip (7/10). Chris Kelly has been strong as well, having won seven out of 12 puck drops (58%) heading into the third period. Gregory Campbell (2/4) and David Krejci (4/8) are holding their own thus far winning faceoffs at a 50% rate.
B'S GO ON THE PK: Bruins winger Reilly Smith was called for tripping at 18:24 into the middle period, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time in the evening. However, the Panthers weren't able to create many scoring opportunities with the man advantage, as the period came to a close with 24 seconds still left on the power play to start the third period.
FLORIDA SCORES: With 7:28 remaining in the second frame, the Florida Panthers brought themselves within one goal, when Kris Versteeg put one past Tuukka Rask. Florida had the extra attacker on ice during the goal, as David Krejci was whistled for what likely have been called slashing. The goal marks Versteeg's second of the year with Jonathan Huberdeau and Tom Gilbert earning assists on the play.
8:32 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, FLA 0
BRUINS BRINGING THE PHYSICALITY: The Black & Gold brought plenty of energy into the first period of play, out hitting the Panthers 16-6. Leading the charge for the Bruins was Jordan Caron, who has registered three hits, followed by Matt Bartkowski, Zdeno Chara, Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla who each have two.
TUUKKA STANDS TALL: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had a strong showing in the first period, stopping all eight shots he saw, including a point-blank rob job on Florida's Tomas Fleischmann early on in the frame.
HAMILTON CONNECTS ON A SLAPPER: With 8:44 to go in the first period, Shawn Mattias was called for hooking putting the Bruins on the power play for the first time in the contest. Entering the evening, the Bruins power play was tied for 25th in the NHL with a 10.5% success rate. Dougie Hamilton will help bring that percentage up as he converted on a beautiful power play goal connecting on a heavy slapper from the center blueline with Zdeno Chara screening Florida goaltender Tim Thomas in front. Earning assists on Hamilton's first goal of the year are David Krejci (5) and Zdeno Chara (2). Krejci's assist extends his point streak to three games.
PAILLE PUTS B'S UP 1-0: Daniel Paille put the B's up 1-0, when he took a Dennis Seidenberg up ice on the wing, driving the Florida net with one Panther defender on his hip. Paille was able to shield the puck away from the lone Panther skating toe-to-toe with him into the Florida zone and with about five feet to go from the net, chipped it past Tim Thomas for his first goal of the 2013-14 season. Earning assists on the goal are Seidenberg (2) and Matt Bartkowski (1).
7:02 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs FLA
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (3-2-0, 1.41 GAA, .951 Save %) vs. Thomas (1-2-0, 5.02 GAA, .850 Save %). Rask is 7-1-0 with a 0.86 GAA and .972 save % with three shutouts in eight career games against Florida. Tonight will mark Thomas's first start against the Boston Bruins.
BRUINS VS FLORIDA LIFETIME: The B’s and Panthers will meet for the 75th time tonight and the first time as members of the same division with the Bruins holding a 36-28-6-4 record and a 207-191 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 20-13-2-1 in their 36 lifetime games against the Panthers in Florida, with a scoring advantage of 105-104 in those contests. The Bruins have win their previous three math cups with the Panthers, sweeping the 2012-13 season series, with their last loss to Florida on March 15, 2012 in a 6-2 setback.
MARCHY'S SUCCESS VS FLORIDA: Bruins forward Brad Marchand has seen point per game success against the Florida Panthers in his career, tallying six goals and five assists in 11 games.
FIVE TWO-GAME POINT STREAKS: Entering tonight, the B's have five players with two-game point streaks between Loui Eriksson (2-0=2), Milan Lucic (2-0=2), Johnny Boychuk (0-2=2), David Krejci (0-2=2) and Reilly Smith (0-2=2).
LUCIC REACHES 100-GOAL MILESTONE: Bruins forward Milan Lucic scored his 100th NHL career goal – all coming with the Black & Gold – in the closing minutes of the B’s vs. Detroit Red Wings on October 14 at TD Garden. The winger currently leads the Bruins this season in point production and goals with 3-2=5 totals.
PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Winger Tomas Fleischmann enters tonight leading the Panthers in point production, tallying one goal and six assists through seven games played… Forward Brad Boyes leads the Panthers in the goal scoring department with four…Erik Gudbranson comes into this evening ranked second in the NHL with 30 penalty minutes…Aleksander Barkov, who was drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (2nd overall) is tied for fourth among rookies in scoring, with two goals and three assists in seven games… Tonight marks Tim Thomas's first start against the Boston Bruins..
SPECIAL TEAMS COMPARISONS: Bruins power play: 2-for-19 (10.5%, T-25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 13-for-15 (86.7%, 4th NHL)… Panthers power play: 3-for-28 (10.4%, 24th NHL), Panthers penalty kill: 19-for-23 (82.6%, 13th NHL).