FLA - NONE BOS - J. Jagr (16), D. Hamilton (5), B. Marchand (18)
BOSTON — (AP) - By getting the start in net on back-to-back days for the first time all season Sunday, Tuukka Rask was given an opportunity to make amends for what he felt was a loss he was responsible for Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Rask bounced back with a 28-save shutout that made sure the output from Boston Bruins' struggling offense was just enough to snap a four-game winless drought (0-3-1) in a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.
"There was enough try for us to be very competitive in this game. We have to go home and keep pushing with some dignity and some pride."
- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen to the Miami Herald.
1. Honoring Boston: The Panthers players and staff made a nice gesture in honoring the Boston Marathon victims, first responders and law enforcement as they dealt with everything that transpired over the last week in a number of ways on Sunday. They purchased Boston Strong t-shirts to be worn pre-game with procceeds going to 8-year old Martin Richard's family and wore Boston Police Department hats during the pre-game skate. During the game, they had decals on the helmets and skates and the coaching and training staff wore ribbons. For a city and it's citizens going through much, they felt it was the least they could do.
2. Bruins Capitalize On Mistakes: Boston got on the board early as Jaromir Jagr scored 3:03 into the game. The goal was set up as the Panthers couldn't clear the puck with Jagr stealing the puck, taking a stride in and going top shelf on Jacob Markstrom who was making his second start in as many days. It stayed that way for a while before the Bruins scored on another Forida miscue. With less than seven minutes to play in the second, the Panthers couldn't clear with the Bruins buzzing the Florida zone. Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton unleashed a point shot blast that looked to redirect off one of the numerous of players in front of the net and found the back of the net past an unsuspecting Markstrom. The goal gave the Bruins an important 2-0 lead with 6:27 to play in the middle stanza.
3. Goaltending Battle: The Bruins would add an empty net goal by Brad Marchand with 1:22 to play but other than that, it was one of those good goaltending battles as both Markstrom and Bruins starter Tuukka Rask came up with huge stops. Markstrom was the busier of the two goalies in facing 38 saves while Rask saw 28 Panthers shots. Some of Markstrom's biggest saves came against center Tyler Seguin but Patrice Bergeron (seven shots), Brad Marchand (six shots) and Dougie Hamilton (five shots) all had a lot of shots on the Florida netminder. On the other end, Rask saw 10, 10 and eight shots in the three periods and came up big against Marcel Goc (five shots) and Drew Shore (four shots) for his fourth shutout of the season. Overall it was a much better effort for the Panthers but they just couldn't solve Rask in the game.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.
@kelsey1344: @FlaPanthers look much better in this game today! This team I can be proud of. #PanthersTV
@laura_ramirez13: @j_markstrom had a good game too bad the score doesn't show it @FlaPanthers #pantherstv
@FrancisCat71: @FlaPanthers Well dang it!!!:-(
Memorable fan posts from the game.
Erin Ashbrook Harreld: You can play well and still not win, and that's what we did.
Mandee Berger: Markstrom has been awesome! He's been making some of those super-fast cat-like saves like Beezer used to. Exciting to watch.
Kimberly Wilson: a true fan of any team will stick win or lose. don't give up panthers. fight hard to the end.
2. Both Florida and Boston had two power plays each and the penalty kill units came up big on both attempts as they were a perfect 2-for-2. 4. Forward Tomas Kopecky doesn't miss many games. The forward sat out Sunday's game with an upper body injury, missing just his first game of the season and fourth overall in the last three years combined.
6. The Panthers were outhit as a team 33-20 but Florida forward Greg Rallo had the game high in hits, recording six on the night. Boston forward Milan Lucic had five hits on the home side of things.
6. The effort was certainly there as they recorded 28 shots but Florida was shut out for the sixth time this season. Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov last shut out the Panthers on March 24, also a 3-0 defeat..
21. The Bruins attacked the Panthers zone in the second period as they posted 21 shots on Jacob Markstrom. Only Dougie Hamilton's blast from the point beat Markstrom but gave Boston a 2-0 lead.
With it being a goaltending battle, made just two more key saves than his counterpart but came up with the big saves when he was tested.
Florida returns home for their final two home games of the season on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday's opponent will be a familiar one as they face the New York Rangers for the second time in less than a week. In New York this past Thursday, the Rangers scored three times in the final five minutes of play to win going away 6-1 over Florida. Jonathan Huberdeau scored his 14th of the season in the loss. The Rangers hold a slim edge over Winnipeg for the eighth and final playoff spot with the schedule in it's last week of play. The Rangers are led offensively by forward Rick Nash (40 points in 40 games) and Derek Stepan (38 points in 44 games) while Henrik Lundqvist holds a 21-15-3 record with a 2.11 goals against average and .926 save percentage..