Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bruins pound struggling Panthers 4-1


Game summary video of the Panthers @ Bruins game on March 4, 2014.
On Tuesday, Tim Thomas and the Panthers came to Boston to take on the Bruins but it felt like they didn't even show up to play as the Bruins dominated the game, beating the Panthers 4-1. David Krejci scored a hat trick in this game too, his 3rd career hat trick.

Also earlier on Tuesday it was announced that the Panthers acquired goalie Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks in a trade but that didn't seem to affect Tim Thomas much as he made a few highlight saves on the Bruins.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Panthers tough guy Krys Barch challenged Bruins Milan Lucic to fight and they dropped the gloves and went at it. This was an ok fight with not much landing, a draw. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 14th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Jarome Iginla scored his 19th goal of the season, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Shawn Thornton and Panthers Krys Barch dropped the gloves off a faceoff, maybe for Barch going at Lucic earlier in the game, and they had a spirited fight. It looked like Barch landed one big punch and Thornton got in a good uppercut as well, this was also a draw. Late in the period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 15th goal of the season, making it 3-0 Bruins.

In the third period, Panthers Brian Campbell scored, making it 3-1. Late in the period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 16th goal of the season, an empty-net goal, making it 4-1 Bruins.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net and made 23 saves on 24 shots. Johnson is now 12-3-1 with a 2.23 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 39-24, faceoff wins 36-29 and blocked shots 13-12. The Panthers led the game in hits 23-22. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Panthers went 0-for-3.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 7 shots. Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 5 hits. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 39-17-5 with 83 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals at 7pm ET in Boston.

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