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Panthers Wrap-Up: Bruins 8, Panthers 0

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Bruins 4 2 2 0 8

BOS - SHG - B. Marchand (13), PPG - M. Lucic (12), B. Pouliot (7), D. Seidenberg (1), G. Campbell (3), PPG - P. Bergeron (7), B. Marchand (14), B. Marchand (15)
BOSTON (AP) - Brad Marchand had his first career hat trick and a career-high five points to help Boston beat the Florida Panthers 8-0 on Friday night, giving the Bruins their sixth consecutive victory and their most lopsided of the season.

Marchand scored a short-handed goal to start things off, then added two more and a pair of assists to lead the defending Stanley Cup champions to their 20th win in 23 games.

"That's an old fashioned butt kicking. There's really nothing to say...I always try to be a glass-half-full kind of guy but [Friday] there's nothing to say. We were very porous and didn't create any offense. We got our tails handed to us and there's no excuse."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen to the Miami Herald
1. Jumping On The Cats Early: The two teams entered Friday night's game under different circumstances. For Florida they were playing their third game in four nights and second in consecutive nights. For Boston, they had three days off following a victory on Monday against Montreal. The Bruins quickly used the rest to their advantage as they scored 5:56 into the first off a shorthanded goal by Brad Marchand. That was just the start as they would post three more in the opening frame to chase Panthers starting netminder Jose Theodore. Milan Lucic made it a 2-0 game with a power play goal 13:40 into the period. Then Benoit Pouliot and Dennis Seidenberg potted goals 31 seconds a part to end the first period. Playing a tired team, it would be all the Bruins would really need to take over the first spot in the Eastern Conference.

2. Difference In Netminders: While they didn't get much help from up front, the Boston skaters made quick work of Theodore, chasing him after the four goals in the first (10 saves). Enter Scott Clemmensen. The Panthers backup didn't have much more luck as the Bruins continued their onslaught and potted four more goals in the final two periods. Clemmensen finished with 17 saves. Boston's starter Tuukka Rask on the other hand had all the help he could need and then some and even though Florida registered 30 shots on net (12 each in the second and third periods), the Bruins netminder was up to the task. It was the netminder's third shutout of the season.

3. Getting To The Holiday Break: When you look at the final and see the 8-0 victory for the Bruins, you have to just step back and say wow. Yes the score was not a great thing to see, but there were plenty of factors in the score. The Panthers were playing in back-to-back games while the Bruins were rested. Also, Florida was without seven starting forwards with the latest injury coming to Stephen Weiss in the game prior against Ottawa. With three days off for the Christmas Break, the Panthers will be able to get away from the ice and see their families and hopefully recharge their batteries. It will also hopefully give Weiss and the others some time to return to action if not get all that closer to returning. Luckily an 8-0 lead reads the same in the loss column as a 2-1 loss. It's only one loss.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@creasesinger: I hope the #FlaPanthers have one of those "Men In Black" mind erasing pens handy #GoalieAmnesiaPlease #OuchieBruinsHurtCats

@Ewener: Injuries and back to back not a good combo...good teams bounce back! #FlaPanthers Merry Christmas to all and #WeStillSeeRed

@daveabrams: Ouch. Hockey losses are tough to watch. #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Dara Ross: a much needed few days off has arrived. pray we get some bodies back on tues and we can send down kennedy, dadenov, etc....

Brett Michael Rocker: boy wasnt that a fun game...

Dan Edlund: Only good thing I saw was that Gudbranson was awesome as a forward

Christian Dirmann: ‎*sigh* that sucked, but i expected it. hard to make up that many injuries. we will be ready for Tuesday.

3. While they couldn't find the back of the net, the Panthers skaters registered 30 shots on net. All but three skaters posted at least one shot on Tukka Rask (Dmitry Kulikov, Brian Campbell and Ed Jovanovski). It was also the third time the Panthers were shut out this season.

4. Recording eight goals on the Panthers, almost every Bruin got in on the action. In fact only four Bruins skaters failed to register a point (Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Zach Hamill and Johnny Boychuk).

5. Boston, despite the score, only outshot Florida by five shots (35-30). Boston posted 14 shots on goal in each of the first two periods while Florida recorded 12 shots in the last two periods.

Not a pretty night in terms of the final score as Florida fell 8-0. It was the worst loss in franchise history in terms of being involved in a shutout. The previous high of seven goals was against the Los Angeles Kings on February 3, 2007.

Winning in every facet of the game, Boston also dominated in the face-off circle, winning 64% of the draws (35 of 55). For Florida, it was an atrocious night. Center Shawn Matthias won just one of 13 draws (8%).
Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand takes home the honors after figuring in on five of the Bruins eight goals on the night. That includes the game-winner (first) and seventh and eighth for a hat trick.

3 Goals, 2 Assists, 3 Shots, +5
Rest couldn't have come at a better time as the Panthers will get three days off for the Christmas break before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Up 1-0, Florida jumped on Toronto with two goals 19 seconds apart late in the second period on their way to a 5-1 victory at Air Canada Centre. Toronto earned their 18th victory of the season Friday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders and have 40 points (18-13-4) heading into the break. The duo of winger Phil Kessel (20-21-41) and Jeffrey Lupul (16-22-38) lead the way for the blue and white.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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