BOSTON BRUINS (38-17-5) VS FLORIDA PANTHERS (23-31-7)
9:45 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, FLA 1
BRUINS CAGE THE CATS: Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, led by David Krejci, who recorded a hat trick in tonight's game along with linemate Jarome Iginla who found the back of the net as well. Krejci's last hat trick came against Chad Johnson had a solid night between the pipes, allowing just one goal, falling victim to an unlucky tip in the third period. The Bruins are back in action on Thursday in Boston in a rematch with the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
FLORIDA GETS ON THE BORAD: The Bruins fell victim to a hard-luck goal at the 7:13 mark when one of the Bruins accidentally tipped a Florida shot, that trickled its way past Johnson to put the Panthers on the board for the first time. The Florida goal was credited to Brian Campbell, who sent in the initial backhanded shot, for his sixth of the year with the assist going to Sean Bergernheim for his ninth of the season.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Thursday in Boston in a rematch with the Washington Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
8:50 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, FLA 0
CARON OFF FOR BOARDING: With six seconds to go in the second period, B's forward Jordan Caron was called for boarding in the Florida zone beside the right faceoff circle. The remaining six seconds of the period ticked away to finish the period, which means the Bruins will have 1:54 of penalty time to kill to begin the third period of tonight's game.
KREJCI CONNECTS WITH HIS SECOND: WIth under a minute to go in the second period, the Bruins put a third goal on the board when David Krejci, in very similar fashion to his previous goal, wristed one past Thomas from the slot. Krejci's 15th goal of the season was once again unassisted.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: The Bruins were awarded their first power play of the night when Drew Shore was whistled for elbowing on B's defenseman Kevan Miller. The two minute power play saw sustatined pressure by the Bruins but they were unable to crack the Panthers defense, as Florida escapes the power play unscathed. With 2:39 to go in the second period, the Bruins are outshooting the Panthers by a 25-17 margin.
THORTY AND BARCH BATTLE: With 8:04 to go in the second period, Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Krys Barch of the Florida Panthers, who has now fought twice in tonight's game. Both fighters were able to get their share of licks in, connecting with a few punches apiece, with neither player backing down. The two began to tire and were ultimately separated while they were still on their feet. Both players were then sent to the box to serve their fighting majors. The fight marks his 100th of his career and eighth career bout with Barch.
8:01 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, FLA 0
IGINLA PUNCHES IN A LONG REBOUND: Jordan Caron, playing his his 26th game of the year, served as a catalyst for the Bruins second goal of the game when he sent a high wrister that handcuffed Thomas and yeilded a long rebound for Jarome Iginla. Iginla, streaking up the right wing, was able to get enough stick on to punch in past Thomas for his 19th goal of the year. The assist marks Caron's first of the season while Chris Kelly picks up the secondary assist for his 11th of the year.
KREJCI GIVES THE B'S THE LEAD: At the 12:31 mark, David Krejci gave the Bruins their first goal and lead of the game when he flipped a wrister high-glove side past Thomas. The unassisted goal marks 14th tally of the year.
LUCIC & BARCH DROP THE MITTS: Bruins winger Milan Lucic and Florida forward Krys Barch dropped the mitts at the 15:34 mark out in front of the Panthers bench. The bout saw each pugilist throw a flurry of punches but no clear winner of the bout before the two were sent to their respective penalty boxes. The fight marks Lucic's fifth of the year. Since the 2011-12 season, the Bruins have compiled 61-29-3 record in games in which they have been assessed a fighting major.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. FLA
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (11-3-1, 2.30 GAA, .917 Save %) vs. Thomas (16-19-3, 2.87 GAA, .908 Save %). This is Johnson’s first start against the Florida Panthers. Thomas is 0-2-0 with a 4.50 GAA and .889 save percentage in two games against Boston.
BRUINS VS PANTHERS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Panthers will meet for the 78th time today in their franchise histories. The B’s have compiled a 39-28-6-4 record in those matchups and have outscored Florida, 220-196. The Black & Gold are 18-15-4-3 in their 40 lifetime meetings against the Panthers in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 112-90 in those contests. The Bruins have won their last five matchups against the Panthers on home ice, with the Panthers last win coming in a 2-0 victory on December 8, 2011.
TRADE DEADLINE MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference Wednesday, March 5, at 5:00 p.m. on level 3 of TD Garden to discuss the NHL’s Trade Deadline. The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
B'S HONOR NEW ENGLAND OLYMPIANS: The B’s will honor 10 New England native Olympians who medaled in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi before tonight’s game. The following Olympians will be honored: Snowboard Cross bronze medalist Alex Deibold (Manchester, VT), Team Figure Skating bronze medalists Marissa Castelli (Cranston, RI) and Simon Shnapir (Sudbury, MA), Bobsled double-bronze medalist Steve Langton (Melrose, MA), and Team USA Women's Hockey silver medalists Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, MA), Alex Carpenter (Boston College), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, MA), Michelle Picard (Harvard University), Molly Schaus (Natick, MA), and Kelli Stack (Boston College). The Olympians will be honored before the game and perform tonight's ceremonial puck drop at center ice. The Olympians will be available to the media in the Zamboni tunnel immediately following puck drop (7:10 p.m.).
KREJCI LINE SHINING: The line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla have racked up 43 combined points in their last 11 games with Iginla’s 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) Lucic’s 13 (six goals, seven assists), and Krejci’s 13 (three goals, 10 assists).
HOT SOUP: B’s forward Gregory Campbell has notched three goals in his last two games, including two in Sunday’s game against the Rangers… A scoring change from Saturday’s game against the Capitals switched the goal from Shawn Thornton to Campbell…Entering tonight, Campbell sits two assists shy of 200 NHL helpers.
197 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Boston Bruins have sold out 197 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than three 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 the final game of a three game road stretch, which began with a back-to-back set against the Blue Jackets on March 1 (6-3 loss) and the New York Islanders on March 2 (5-3 win)… Winger Scottie Upshall leads all Panthers with 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) and has recorded five points (2-3=5) in his last five games… Shawn Matthias and Jesse Winchester enter tonight one assist shy of 50 NHL assists… Defenseman Brian Campbell ranks second in the NHL averaging 27:29 time on ice per game. Campbell has logged 30+ minutes in eight of his last 22 games played.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 37-for-176 (21.0%, T-6th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 166-for-203 (82.3%, 13th NHL)… Panthers power play: 10-for-204 (9.3%, 30th NHL), Panthers penalty kill: 145-for-192 (75.5%, 30th NHL).