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Panthers Wrap-Up: Bruins 4, Panthers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 1 0 1
Bruins 2 1 1 0 4
FLA - B. Campbell (6)
NYI - D. Krejci (14), J. Iginla (19), D. Krejci (15), EN - D. Krejci (16)

BOSTON —  ( - The Florida Panthers made a potentially franchise-altering trade Tuesday that might result in a brighter future.

In the present, the Panthers weren't able to stop David Krejci and the Boston Bruins or prevent a fifth loss in the past six games. 

"And I don't think that as professionals, I guess, you can't let that go in. It's a business, you've got to understand that sometimes you're going to be traded, and sometimes you're not, and you can only do what you have to do. You still have to go out and play."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
1. Overshadowed By Lu and Trades: The Panthers were heavily involved in the trade action before Tuesday's game, making two sepearate acquisitions. First they sent defenseman Mike Weaver to Montreal for a 2015 fifth round pick and then the big bombshell came just before puck drop as the Cats reaquired former netminder Roberto Luongo along with prospect Steven Anthony in return for Shawn Matthias and Jacob Markstrom. That left many, especially in the media, to worry about Luongo's return to South Florida, easily overshadowing the outcome of the game.

2. Tough Sledding: The Bruins looked like a fresh bunch as they constantly pressured the Cats and if not for the play of netminder Tim Thomas, the outcome might have been worse. But Thomas stood tall on numerous occasions, coming up with big save after big save to keep the Panthers in the game, especially after they got to within two goals in the third period after Brian Campbell found a way to beat Chad Johnson. Boston threw 39 shots on Thomas with the goaltender stopping 12, 14 and nine shots in the individual periods respectively.

3. Krejci Trick: It didn't come naturally as Jarome Iginla broke up his attempt by scoring the Bruins second goal of the game in the first period but Boston's offensive attack was propelled by the play of David Krejci. The center was all over the ice in his almost 18 minutes of ice time, scoring two great goals in the first and second period respectively before icing the game with an empty netter with 14 seconds remaining for the hat trick. Krejci was a thorn in the Panthers side the whole game, finishing with a game-high seven shots.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@rickpearce76: @strombone1 @FlaPanthers He IS twitter.

@cherylscremin: @FlaPanthers You're in for a treat, both on and off the ice. @strombone1

Memorable fan posts from the game.

James Alexander: What a shock, defense gave up too many turnovers again!!!!!!!

Raimundo J Contreraz: Shocker. The Blueprint is still in motion.

Ricky Elizondo: Roberto Luongo!!!!!!

4. Picking up the lone assist on Brian Campbell's third period goal, forward Sean Bergenheim now has four points in his last four games (1-3-4).

9. The Panthers have done well in the third period since the Olympic break. Florida has scored nine goals in the four games since the return of hockey.

10. Forward Krys Barch was so into the fighting spirit against the Bruins that he did it twice, picking up fighting majors against Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton.

63. It was a second straight great game in the face-off circle for Young Gun Nick Bjugstad. The big center won 63% of his face-off draws going 12-of-19 in the circle.

73. Center Brandon Pirri (#73) made his Panthers debut Tuesday night, finishing with 10:44 of ice time.

David Krejci
Provided the offense for the Bruins, scoring all but one of their goals for his third  career hat trick.

3 Goals, 3 Points, +3, 7 Shots, 17:51 TOI
Florida will have two days off before their next game on Friday when they host the Buffalo Sabres at the BB&T Center. It could very well be debut 2.0 for Roberto Luongo in a Cats uniform. The netminder who spent 2000-06 with the Panthers returned in a trade with Vancouver Tuesday night. For the Panthers, they'll look to win the season series against their Atlantic Division foes. The Sabres, who are 30th in the NHL, are led offensively by forwards Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis who have 32 points in 51 and 59 games respectively while with their own mainstay netminder traded (Ryan Miller) to St Louis, have turned to young netminder Jhonas Enroth who has had some pretty good success against the Cats this season going 1-0-1 while allowing just two goals in regulation/overtime.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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