April 21, 2013

Postgame Breakdown: Bruins shutout Panthers, end skid

By Jesse Connolly

Shawn Thornton congratulates Dougie Hamilton on his second-period goal against Florida. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 3, Florida 0

Recap: Though the Bruins got outshot by a 10-7 margin in the first period, they left with a 1-0 lead. Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal as a Bruin, ripping a wicked wrister past Jacob Markstrom 3:03 into the game.

In the second, the Bruins picked up the pace and put 21 pucks on goal. One of them found twine: a shot from the point by Dougie Hamilton, giving the rookie hi first tally since March 27. In the third Florida had an advantage territorially, but didn’t muster many quality chances against Tuukka Rask.

With Markstrom pulled for an extra attacker, Brad Marchand backhanded the puck into the open goal from along the half wall, closing out the scoring in a 3-0 victory that put Boston’s four-game winless streak to bed.

Records: Boston 27-12-5, 59 points; Florida 13-26-6, 32 points

Key Play of the Game: With the Bruins peppering the hell out of Markstrom, yet still holding just a 1-0 lead, Hamilton’s goal was a major relief against a Panthers squad that got to hang in this one for a just a wee bit too long.

Connolly’s Commendations: I’m left starting to wonder if Jaromir Jagr is in fact 41-years-old. The guy continues to show so much hustle and a wealth of skill, and has been unquestionably the B’s best forward in the month of April.

Though he had a pretty easy go of it, shy of a few clutch stops early on, we’ll give Rask a n ice little golf clap for bouncing back from yesterday’s loss and pitching the shutout in the second half of back-to-back starts.

Connolly’s Critiques: I’m sick of complaining. Aren’t you sick of complaining? Aren’t you sick of me complaining? I thought so.

Notes: Milan Lucic saw just under 13 minutes of action in his return to the lineup. He led the B’s with five hits. The Bruins gave the shirts off their backs to first responders and the like after the game, which was requested by the season-ticket holders. Carl Soderberg notched his first NHL point with an assist on Jagr's goal.

Final Thoughts: In reality, this wasn’t the runaway win we might’ve been hoping for against a team that’s literally at the bottom of the NHL standings and in a pathetic funk. But, even though Boston only scored two goals on Markstrom, they kept the Panthers off the board and put an end to their skid. At this point in time, two points are two points.

Next: The Bruins will travel down to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers Tuesday night.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com