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Panthers Wrap-Up: Bruins 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 0 2 0 0 1-4 2
BRUINS 1 1 0 0 2-4 3
FLA - J. Garrison (12), S. Matthias - (8)

BOS - P. Bergeron (13), PPG - P. Bergeron (14), GW - D. Krejci
SUNRISE, Fla (AP) - Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and David Krejci scored the winner in the shootout and the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Monday night.

Bergeron scored two goals for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 38 shots.

"We would have liked to come out on the other side, but if we play like that, we're going to have success. We needed to bounce back and have a better effort than the last time out. We had a few chances to win it. It just wasn't meant to be."

- Panthers center Stephen Weiss
1. Great First Except On The Scoreboard: Lackluster if you will in the last game against the Penguins, the Panthers needed a quick start to Monday night's game. They almost had that as they had constant pressure on Boston in the opening 20 minutes. Despite the effort, they found themselves on the wrong side of a 1-0 game. Boston scored just 80 seconds into the game as Patrice Bergeron let a wrist shot go from the high slot that beat Scott Clemmensen for his 13th of the season. Florida had a lot of chances in the opening period, outshooting Boston 12-6 but they couldn't solve Tuukka Rask. The Boston netminder made several huge saves on Florida, none bigger than on Shawn Matthias on a Panther breakaway 7:47 into the frame, stopping him with a pad save.

2. Bouncing Back From Adversity: Taking their first minor of the night midway through the second (Tomas Fleischmann off for hooking), the Panthers soon found themselves down two men as Matthias went off for delay of game. Boston held a 5-on-3 power play for 55 seconds, an eternity when it comes to up two men. Florida was almost able to kill it but Bergeron scored with two seconds left in the first penalty to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. It didn't take long for Florida to respond. Killing off the second penalty, Tomas Kopecky found Matthias out of the box and ahead of the Bruins defense. The forward put a move on Rask before slipping the puck past the netminder for his eighth of the season, tying the game at two with 4:06 to play.

3. Chances Late But No Two Points: Tied at two after two, Florida had several golden opportunities to gain the two points against the Bruins. They had several breakaway chances but yet were denied by Rask. With time winding down in the third period, Michal Repik found himself behind the Bruins defense after a pass from Stephen Weiss set him up. Repik had trouble with the puck and got a shot off late but was denied on the rush. Then in overtime, the Panthers really had a chance to earn the two points as Bergeron went off for hooking 36 seconds into the five minute period. The Panthers couldn't get any real scoring opportunity and Boston killed off the penalty. Once again, Florida had another chance to win it on a breakaway with time running out in overtime as Kris Versteeg got behind the Boston defense. It was all for naught as Rask got just enough of it where the puck sat on the goal line for several seconds before being sent to the corner by a Bruins defenseman. With overtime finished, the two teams squared off in the shootout. Weiss gave the Panthers a potential game-winner with his goal on the third opportunity. Needing a save from Clemmensen to preserve the victory, the Panthers couldn't get it as Bergeron extended the game. After Mikael Samuelsson couldn't get a shot off for the Panthers, David Krejci won it by going five-hole on Clemmensen. For Florida it was a disappointing end for such a solid effort all game. Missed opportunities and the fifth shootout loss in seven tries cost the Panthers a point in the standings.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@JessilynMorales: This was a tough loss, not going to lie, but I'll take a point over none. #FlaPanthers

@xo_lalalaura: Annoyed the #FlaPanthers lost -.- #weneedtowin

@andy55512000: I hope the Bruins and Panthers meet in the playoffs. That'd be a fun series. #Bruins #FlaPanthers

@305miamiteams: #flapanthers should've won that shootout. Oh well, at least they get a point and reclaim lead in division for now.

@CaseySchmidt: We need to work on our shootouts #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Ling Ling Yo: Most intense game I've been to this year!

Adam Hernandez: I was there great game crowd was great to bad we couldn't close it out but a point is better than no point and disappointment wont make the panthers better on to the next one Go CATS GO!!!

Adam Bacine: This team is horrible in shootouts Weiss is the only good one. Comon. Clemm 5 hole was wideopen....

Doreen O'Connell: Thought we had that one

Ashley Lynn Stewart: What a heartstopping game!! Too bad it ended like that :( Panthers still kick ass!!

1. After making a hard check against Boston's Daniel Paille, Ed Jovanovsk squared off against the Bruins winger in a fight 5:14 into the game. It was Paille's first penalty minutes of the season and Jovanovski's first fight of the season. The last fight in a Panther uniform for Jovanovski in fact came back on October 30, 1998, when he took on Mark Janssens in Chicago.

Down two men, Florida almost killed off the entire 55 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play. That was until Patrice Bergeron redirected home a Tyler Seguin pass with two seconds left on the first penalty in the second period.

Out of the penalty box and behind the Bruins defense, Shawn Matthias scored on the breakaway to tie the game at two midway through the second. It was his eighth goal and 17th point of the season, already giving him career highs in both categories.

80. It didn't take long for the Bruins to get on the board as Bergeron scored on a wrister top shelf 1:20 into the game. The goal (80 seconds in) came on Boston's first shot of the contest.

232. Registering the second assist on Shawn Matthias' second period goal, Stephen Weiss became the franchise leader in helpers with the 232nd of his career. Weiss was tied with Olli Jokinen for the franchise lead. Accomplished in his 599th career game, it was Weiss' first point in five games.

Patrice Bergeron
Scored both of Boston's goals in regulation and then with the Bruins needing a goal in the shootout to extend the game, he converted. David Krejci scored on Boston's next shot for the victory.

2 Goals, 6 Shots, +1
After finishing up their three-game homestand against the Bruins, Florida will now take to the road for three straight as they travel to Colorado, Chicago and Winnipeg. First up on the docket is the Colorado Avalanche with a 9:30pm ET start on Wednesday. It will be the only time the two teams meet this season. Colorado currently sits in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 24-2102 record (50 points) after falling to Phoenix Monday afternoon by a 6-1 final. The Avalanche are led by Ryan O'Reilly (33 points in 47 games) and Milan Hejduk (26 points in 47 games) on the offensive front. In goal, it's a split between former Capital Semyon Varlamov and former Duck/Maple Leaf J.S. Giguere. Varlamov has gotten the majority of the starts, going 14-15-1 with a .899 save percentage and 3.00 goals against average while Giguere has had better numbers in less work with a 10-6-1 record and a .925 save percentage and 2.07 goals against average.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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