Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bruins beat Panthers 4-1 despite not playing well

Bruins players celebrate a goal
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 14: Andrew Ference #21, Patrice Bergeron #37, Brad Marchand #63 and Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins celebrate a empty net goal against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden on March 14, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Even though the Bruins beat the Panthers 4-1, it was a very close game where the Bruins kept giving the Panthers chances to get back into the game but Tuukka Rask was there to shut them down. The Bruins still have a lot of work to do to play better for a full 60 minutes.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 6th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 7th goal of the season, making it 2-0.

In the second period, Panthers Shawn Matthias scored a shorthanded goal on a great individual effort, making it 2-1.

In the third period, Bruins Shawn Thornton scored his 3rd goal of the season, making it 3-1. With 58 seconds left in the game and the Panthers goalie pulled, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 8th goal of the season, his 2nd goal of the game, making it 4-1.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 29 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 14-2-3 with a 1.91 GAA and a .930 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 32-30, hits 30-25, faceoff wins 35-17 and blocked shots 15-10. Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power-play.

David Krejci and Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 4 shots apiece. Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara and Aaron Johnson led the Bruins with 4 hits apiece. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid was out of the lineup and is day-to-day with a minor injurt. Aaron Johnson was in the lineup for McQuaid.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 18-4-3 with 39 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at 1pm ET when the Bruins host the Washington Capitals in Boston.

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