January 16, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Panthers

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 2
FLA - 2

SHOTS
BOS - 21  
FLA -  24

The Bruins and Panthers are heading to the third tied 2-2.

Florida knotted things up at the 8:28 mark of the second. High-scoring defenseman Jason Garrison beat Tuukka Rask with a slap shot that wound up trickling past the Bruins' goaltender to make it 1-1.

With 12:42 gone, Tomas Fleischmann went for hooking. A little more than a minute later, Shawn Matthias cleared the puck over the glass, giving Boston a 5-on-3.

With two ticks left in the two-man advantage, Tyler Seguin curled around the top of the offensive zone and zipped a pass to Bergeron. He tipped it past Clemmensen for his second goal of the night to make it 2-1.

But the Panthers answered back quickly. Matthias jumped out of the box and was sent in on a breakaway. He put one through Rask's wickets to make it 2-2.

Boston really picked up the pace in the second half of the middle frame and wound up with 15 shots on goal in the stanza, a big improvement over the six they fired in the first.

Ed Jovanovski has left the game with an upper-body injury and won't return.

Per the Panthers: With an assist on Shawn Matthias' goal, Stephen Weiss took sole possession of first place for the franchise record for most career assists (232), passing Olli Jokinen (231). Skating in his 599th career game (all with Florida), Weiss now has 367 points (135-232-367) in his career.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 1
FLA - 0

SHOTS
BOS - 6  
FLA -  12

Twenty minutes are in the books down in Sunrise where the Bruins lead the Panthers 1-0.

Patrice Bergeron got Boston on the board early. Benoit Pouliot found the center open in the slot and his snap shot beat Scott Clemmensen to make it 1-0.

Otherwise, the Panthers did a great job of limiting the Bruins' chances in the opening frame.

Florida peppered Tuukka Rask with 12 shots on goal in the first period, forcing the netminder to make a number of key stops including a big one on a breakaway by Shawn Matthias.

Things got testy late. Dan Paille stoop up for himself and dropped the gloves veteran d-man Ed Jovanovski.

Florida held the edge in both hits (14-8) and faceoffs (11-9) in the opening frame. Bergeron won just 2-of-7 (29%) at the dot.

The Panthers are 7-13-4 this season when allowing the first goal.