Bruins Post-Game Recap: Boston at Florida: 12/4/18

Florida Panthers v Boston BruinsPhoto Courtesy Of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA

Home: Florida Panthers (10-10-5)

Away: Boston Bruins (14-8-4)

Florida’s Lineup

Forwards

Huberdeau-Barkov-Hoffman

Vatrano-McCann-Dadonov

Hunt-Bjugstad-Brouwer

Haley-Lammikko-Sceviour

Defense

Yandle-Ekblad

Matheson-Pysyk

Kiselevich-Weegar

Goalies

Luongo

Reimer

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Cave-Pastrnak

Donato-Krejci-DeBrusk

Heinen-Nordstrom-Acciari

Wagner-Kuraly-Backes

Defense

Krug-Moore

Grzelcyk-Carlo

Lauzon-Clifton

Goalies

Halak

Rask

First Period

The Bruins looked a little sluggish out of the gate as the Panthers got most of the early chances, but Jaroslav Halak was up to the challenge. The Bruins got a little push as the period went on as they had a few good shifts in response. The Bruins continued to have trouble getting their legs going and they had a tough time in their own zone in the middle stages of the period.

The Bruins had a hard time generating much offensive zone time as pucks seemed to roll off their sticks with regularity. The Bruins would go to the penalty box late in the period as Joakim Nordstrom went off for holding. The Bruins killed the penalty as the Panthers missed the net a few times despite some good puck movement

The Bruins would pick up a power play almost immediately after the Florida man advantage. The Bruins had a difficult time even getting good zone entry on the man advantage as they failed to get virtually any scoring opportunities.

Score: Tied 0-0

Second Period

A big save by Halak after a turnover by Connor Clifton in the early part of the period kept the game scoreless as the Bruins struggles with puck possession continued. Mike Hoffman jammed in a puck in front of the Boston net to give the Panthers the early second period lead.

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The Bruins would get their second power play of the night after a hooking penalty to Jared McCann soon after the Panthers goal. Roberto Luongo made a big save on David Pastrnak after he burst through the Panthers defense early in the Boston man advantage. The Bruins failed to get any other significant scoring chances and the score remained in favor of the Panthers.

A couple great scoring chances by the Panthers nearly resulted in them doubling their lead but Halak stood up to the onslaught. Michael Matheson made an impressive drive to the net and scored his second goal of the season to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage more than midway through the period.

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The Bruins would get a power play soon after the goal, trying desperately to stay in the game. Seconds into the Boston power play, Pastrnak took a holding penalty to negate the man advantage. During the four on four, Jonathan Huberdeau found a hole in Halak on a shot that trickled through to give the Panthers a three goal advantage.

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The Bruins got a decent push towards the end of the period with some good zone time but weren’t able to solve Luongo who made a few big saves. Both Pastrnak and Dryden Hunt took matching penalties in the last two minutes of the period, resulting in a four on four. Jake DeBrusk took a slashing penalty as the Panthers went to the power play for the second time. Hoffman made it two goals on the night with a one timer past Halak with just three seconds left in the period.

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Score: 4-0 Panthers

Third Period

Good shifts by the first and second lines got the Bruins going early in the period as they got a few pucks on Luongo. The Bruins seemed to move their legs better in the final period as they continued to have solid puck possession. The Bruins would get another power play as Nick Bjugstad went off for holding. The Panthers would kill the penalty as the Bruins again failed to find the back of the net.

The Panthers would get another power play opportunity as John Moore took a hooking penalty. Late in the man advantage, Chris Wagner took a tripping penalty which resulted in a five on three situation. The Bruins killed off both the five on three and five on four power plays as the Panthers failed to get any great scoring chances.

Almost immediately after, Brandon Carlo took a penalty as the Bruins continued their parade to the penalty box. The Panthers made it five as Evgenii Dadonov scored off a nice feed from Aleksander Barkov to give them their second power play goal of the evening.

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Final Score: 5-0 Panthers

Three Stars Of The Game

First Star: Hoffman. The Florida winger was his usual self with a beauty of a goal on the power play and also added the first goal of the evening.

Second Star: Huberdeau. Number 11 in red was all over the ice in Sunrise as he tallied three points on a goal and two assists.

Third Star: Luongo. The Panthers goalie didn’t stop a ton of great scoring chances but he was solid all night and recorded the shutout.

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