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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Panthers

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins (33-15-3) vs. Florida Panthers  (21-24-7)

9:45 p.m. -  Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 6, FLA 2

BRUINS CAGES THE CATS: The Bruins earned their fourth straight victory tonight in another win that saw ample goal scoring the from the Bruins scoring six goals for the third straight game, getting tallies from Milan Lucic (2), Zdeno Chara, Reilly Smith, Shawn Thornton and David Krejci. Tuukka Rask picks up his 24th victory of the season with another solid performance, stopping 28 of 30 shots he faced. The Bruins are back in action on Thursday against their rivals to the north -- the Montreal Canadiens -- at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

With 2:09 to go in the final frame, David Krejci extended the B's lead even further chipping an unassisted in the Bruins sixth goal of the evening for his 11th of the season. Krejci now has three points tonight with a goal and two assists.

B's forward Shawn Thornton demonstrated that despite being known as an enforcer, that he is still very nimble in a beautiful display of skill, making a powerful move on net to flip a backhand past Tim Thomas for his fourth goal of the season. The goal was set up by Gregory Campbell who earns his ninth helper of the season, as the B's now lead the Panthers 5-2 with under 12 minutes to go.

The Panthers, despite starting the period down three goals, showed no signs of quitting when Dmitry Kulikov scored a power play goal at the 16:00 mark, after Shawn Thornton was sent to the box high-sticking, for his fifth goal of the season. Sean Bergenheim and Scott Gomez earn the assists on the play.

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The Bruins are back in action on Thursday against their rivals to the north -- the Montreal Canadiens -- at TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

8:44 p.m. -  Second Period Snapshots: BOS 4, FLA 1

With just 32.9 seconds left in the second frame the Panthers got on the board for the first time when Bjugstad sent a slick cross-ice pass to Brad Boyes who one timed it home, to chip away at the deficit. The Panthers still have their work cut out for them down three goals heading into the third period.

With 5:38 to go in the second frame, the Bruins were sent on the power play for the second time in the evening after Sean Bergenheim caught Zdeno Chara with a high-stick resulting in a double minor. The Bruins wasted little time to net their fourth goal of the evening when approximately 30 seconds into the power play the Bruins demonstrated beautiful puck control and movement to set up Reilly Smith for his team-leading 18th goal of the season, extending his point streak to seven games. Forwards Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg were responsible get the assists earning their 11th and 18th, respectively.

Milan Lucic notched his second goal of the night at the 18:14 mark when he once again scooped up a rebound in front and worked to earn himself a dirty goal on the door step.  Bartkowski sent in the shot that resulted in the rebound for Lucic, earning himself his ninth assist of the year, while Jarome Iginla picks up the secondary assist.

7:58 p.m. -  First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, FLA 0

The Bruins lead 2-0 heading into the second period tonight vs. Florida.  The Bruins entered tonight's game with a 24-5-1 recording the first goal the game, while the Panthers are 8-20-4 after allowing the first goal in a game.

The Bruins were awarded their first power play of the game with 6:53 to go in the first frame when Daniel Paille was hooked by Florida defenseman Mike Weaver.  The first 40 seconds of the B's power play was a touch disjointed, but the final 1:20 saw a more composed unit the generated solid chances from Loui Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith from the the bottom of the left faceoff circle.  Ultimately the Panthers were able to kill off the minor infraction, but momentum seemed to swing in the Bruins favor. Not long after the penalty expired, Zdeno Chara ripped a slap shot with Milan Lucic screening in front, that took a B's friendly bounce over Tim Thomas and trickled into the back of the net. The goal marks Chara's 13th goal of the season, with Krug and Krejci tallying the assists for their 18th and 34th of the season respectively. Chara's goal streak is extended to three games on the goal, while Krejci now has a multiple point game with two assists.  Krejci leads the team in multiple-point games with 11 thus far. The Bruins entered tonight with a 10-0-0 when the Captain scores a goal this season.

At the 12:19 mark the Bruins got the scoring started when Milan Lucic punched in a Jarome Iginla rebound that ricocheted off Florida goaltender Tim Thomas just to the left of the crease.  The goal marks the power forward's 14th goal of the season with Iginla picking up his 20th helper and Krejci registering the secondary assist for his 33rd of the season. The goal is Lucic's first since he scored against the Stars in Dallas on January 16.

Just under seven minutes into the first period, the Bruins lead the Panthers 8-4 in the shots category. Both goaltenders for each squad have looked sharp thus far, including a door step save by Tuukka Rask on Florida centerman Jesse Winchester.

6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. FLA

Rask (23-12-3, 2.08 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Thomas (14-14-3, 2.65 GAA, .915 Save %). Rask is 9-1-0 with a 0.99 GAA and .967 save % in 10 career games against Florida. Thomas is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .925 save % in one career game against Boston.

BRUINS VS PANTHERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Panthers will meet for the 77th time tonight with the B’s holding a 38-28-6-4 record and a 214-194 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 17-15-4-3 in their 39 lifetime meetings against the Panthers in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 106-88 in those contests. The Bruins are 6-1-0 in their last seven games against the Florida Panthers on home ice.

HEART HEALTH NIGHT: The Bruins have teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) as Tufts Medical Center presents the Eighth Annual Heart Health Night during this evening’s game against the Florida Panthers. Cardiology patients and heart disease survivors will be in attendance and will participate in a variety of activities throughout the evening, which include Zamboni rides, a chance to watch warm-ups from the B’s bench, and an opportunity to greet the team as they head out of the locker room to take the ice. All in-game fundraising activities, as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle, will benefit the American Heart Association. A full copy of the release can be found on the Bruins Media Web Site (Log-in information below) and at the media materials stations on levels 3 and 9.

BERGERON LINE FIRING: The line composed of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith has combined for 29 points in over their last six games. All three players enter tonight riding six-game point streaks with Bergeron collecting 4-6=10 totals, Marchand registering 7-5=12 totals and Smith contributing 2-5=7 totals.

ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club activated Chris Kelly from injured reserve and assigned forward Ryan Spooner and Zach Trotman to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). A full copy of the release can be found on the Bruins Media Web Site (Log-in information below) and at the media materials stations on levels 3 and 9.

191 AND COUNTING: Following last Monday’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins have sold out 191 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: The Panthers are in game two of a four-game road stretch, which will see Florida battle Detroit, Toronto (1/30) and Columbus (2/1). The Panthers defeated the Red Wings in the first game of the road swing, 5-4 on January 26… Forward Sean Bergenheim is expected to play in his 100th game as a Panther tonight and is one point away from his 150th NHL point… Forward Tom Gilbert is one appearance shy of his 500th NHL game and is currently tied for first on the team (Aleksander Barkov) in points with 24 (2 goals, 22 assists)… Ed Jovanovski needs just one more point to reach 500 NHL points.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 29-for-143 (20.3%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 141-for-170 (82.9%, 13thj NHL)… Panthers power play: 15-for-171 (8.8%, 30th NHL), Panthers penalty kill: 125-for-161 (77.6%, 28th NHL).

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