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Panthers Wrap-Up: Bruins 4, Panthers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 0 0 1
Bruins 2 1 1 0 4
FLA - T. Kopecky (5)
BOS- M. Lucic (4), Z. Chara (3), PP - C. Kelly (1), EN - D. Paille (3)

SUNRISE, Fla — Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic scored first-period goals and the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Sunday.

Chris Kelly had a power-play goal in the second and Daniel Paille had an empty-net goal in the third. Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for the Bruins, who won their third straight game.

"It’s been like this all season, we’re not consistent, we’re not sixty minutes, we’re not consistent in our areas, and we need to be good in those areas to beat good teams and we feel like we can play with them and get the better of them but we’re not on a consistent basis."

- Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell.
1. A Bruin Quick Start: The visitors controlled play at the beginning of the game and they took advantage as they scored two goals in the opening 14 minutes of play. With Jacob Markstrom making his second straight start, the Bruins crashed the net and were rewarded off a face-off win for the first goal of the game. David Krejci won the draw back to Milan Lucic who was stationed behind him and the forward fired a shot over Markstrom's shoulder for the 1-0 lead 7:57 into the game. Then almost six minutes later (13:52 mark), big blueliner Zdeno Chara pulled off a spin move to drive to the net and score short side for his third of the season.

2. The "Save": Florida got one back as Tomas Kopecky scored on a second opportunity while crashing the crease  less than two minutes after Chara's strike (15:38) but the Panthers had a golden opportunity to tie the game at one earlier in the period. There Drew Shore, who set up Kopecky for the Panthers goal, looked to have his second of the season. With Tuukka Rask out of position on the initial shot, and Shore crashing the net, the forward got a piece of the puck and it slid toward the goal line. A backchecking Tyler Seguin swept the puck out of harms way just before it hi the goal line and turned up the ice. The horn went off briefly and Shore celebrated but it was inches too early of calling it a good goal.

3. Power Outage: Early in the second, the Panthers were called for a penalty. They had almost killed it off but the puck hit Peter Mueller's stick and found it's way to Chris Kelly's who put it into the open net from outside the crease with just eight seconds left on the man advantage giving them a 3-1 lead with 2:30 gone in the period. For the special teams have been a struggle and against the league's best penalty killing unit, it remained that way. Florida had four different opportunites to get on the score sheet but couldn't beat Rask. They had a golden chance after Lucic went to the box for four minutes at the end of the second. If they had gotten a goal late to make it 3-2, maybe things might have been different but the Bruins had some quality shorthanded chances including a breakaway by Rich Peverley as the period came to an end. Florida recorded seven shots on goal during their time.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@J0sh_K0ebel: @FlaPanthers make some changes already! It's ridiculous!!

@Steelerphan954: @FlaPanthers boooooooo. Horrible game all around for the panthers. Pick it up guys almost completely out of playoff race already.

@2005WhiteSox05: @FlaPanthers I cant watch anymore of these games! Everytime I watch all I get is disappointed

@RedWhiteNJew: Our defense is nonexistent. @NHL @FlaPanthers

@louisonofrio: The #FlaPanthers defense has got to step it up bc they are sucking right now

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Sami Rharmili: Markstroms 2nd straight game with a solid effort and they only score 1 again wow just wow!

Ebba Hamrin: Marky made a solid effort in the net, as usual. But it's kinda hard to win games if you don't score.

James Alexander: Wish we had some physical defenseman.

Scottie Snyder: It was doubly painful today, being surrounded by Bruins fans.

Samuel Daniel: Cruz What a freaking surprise

1. Getting outscored by a 4-1 final, the Panthers had only one plus player on the night as Drew Shore was the only player to stay in the positive.

It was the 10th game that Jacob Markstrom would see in his short NHL career but just the second time he got the start on home ice. The Swede also started against Chicago last season after coming in relief for a victory against the Islanders. The other seven games came on the road.

Defenseman Mike Weaver led the way for the Panthers in two different categories, finishing with a team-high three blocked shots and four hits on the night.

17. The Panthers recorded a season-high 17 shots in the third period but couldn't find a way to beat Tuukka Rask. That total was one better than the previous period high which was recorded in the first period against Winnipeg on Jan. 31.

106. The Bruins and Panthers combined for two goals in a span of 1:46 (106 seconds) as Zdeno Chara scored at the 13:52 mark of the first and Tomas Kopecky answered at the 15:38 mark.

Tuukka Rask
Was excellent after being staked to the two goal lead, showing off the glove to rob several Panthers from in close.

 35 Shots, 34 Saves, .971 SV%
The Panthers will look for that home win as they play the Penguins for the second time in three games. It will be the first of two times the two teams will meet in Sunrise. Florida was tied with Pittsburgh heading into the third period on Friday before the Penguins scored twice in the final 20 minutes to skate off with the victory.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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