Monday, March 7, 2016

Bruins beat Panthers 5-4 in overtime

Bruins Adam McQuaid vs Panthers Shawn Thornton, via the Panthers broadcast (and people think Jack Edwards is bad, he's not the only homer on broadcasts), on March 7, 2016. Watch the game recap video here.
Last night the Bruins blew two 3-goal leads to the Panthers and ended up beating them in overtime 5-4 to get a big two points. With this win, Bruins coach Claude Julien passed Art Ross and became the Bruins all-time leader in wins as a coach with win 388. Claude Julien's all-time record as coach of the Bruins is 388-215-85 in 688 games.

Quick game summary
In the first period, only 34 seconds into the period, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 27th goal of the season, making the score 1-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 9th goal of the season, making the score 2-0 Bruins. Later, Bruins Brett Connolly scored his 9th goal of the season, making the score 3-0 Bruins. Later, Panthers Aleksander Barkov scored, making the score 3-1. Less than a minute later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 28th goal of the season, making the score 4-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins Adam McQuaid got into a fight with former Bruin Shawn Thornton after McQuaid pushed a Panthers off of him and down to the ice. The Panthers player was on his knees holding onto McQuaid (looking like he wanted to give McQuaid head), McQuaid pushes him off to play the puck and he gets called for interference. I'm not sure how the Panthers player didn't get called for holding or interference himself. Thornton then instigates the fight with McQuaid and continues throwing punches at him when McQuaid has his jersey over his head. Later, Panthers Jiri Hudler scored, making the score 4-2. Later, Panthers Jussi Jokinen scored a power-play goal, making the score 4-3.

In the third period, Panthers Jiri Hudler scored, tying the game 4-4.

In overtime, Bruins Lee Stempniak scored his 17th goal of the season, his first as a Bruin, winning the game 5-4 Bruins.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 47 saves on 51 shots. Rask is now 27-18-6 with a 2.53 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 22-19 and blocked shots 16-10. The Panthers led the game in shots 51-32 and faceoff wins 48-34. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Panthers went 1-for-4.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 6 hits. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots.

Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow and Tyler Randell were scratched and did not play.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 37-23-7 with 81 points this season. The Bruins are now 22-7-3 on the road this season. The Bruins are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The next game for the Bruins is tomorrow (Tuesday), when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning, at 7:30pm ET.

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