Highlights of the Bruins' 4-1 loss to the Panthers


FINAL SCORE: Panthers 4, Bruins 1

IN BRIEF: The Bruins fell behind by two goals in the first period and never recovered as Troy Brouwer's short-handed goal in the second and Roberto Luongo's 30 saves led the already-eliminated-from-the-playoffs Florida Panthers to a 4-1 victory that ended Boston's 12-game home winning streak. BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 47-22-9, second in Atlantic, playoff spot clinched.






*Give credit where it’s due to Joakim Nordstrom and David Backes for somehow ending up a plus-1 in a game where the Bruins lost 4-1 and where most of the B's really didn’t look very good against a Panthers team playing out the string. Aside from them, Noel Acciari was the only other standout as the lone goal-scorer for the Black and Gold. Tuukka Rask wasn’t very good between the pipes, Boston’s best players were on the ice for goals against while not doing much offensively and the D-zone play was poor early in the game when Florida built up a 2-0 lead. Of particular concern to the Bruins should be the bad starts they’ve again gone out to in the past two games after it appeared that they had knocked that out of their game for a while.  


 *Connor Clifton flattened Frank Vatrano as the two players battled for possession of a puck in front of the Bruins bench and knocked the former B’s forward on his butt in the process. Clifton isn’t flashy or tremendously point-productive from an offensive standpoint, but I continue to be impressed by him when it comes to being hard-to-play-against. That is something that could come into play come playoff time when considering lineups for the B’s.

*Chris Wagner is a great choice for the Bruins 7th Player Award this season after it hadn't really gone to role player-types in the recent past. It’s much more in the spirit of the award, IMHO, than last season when it went to first-round pick and rookie D-man Charlie McAvoy. He had a very good season obviously, but the 7th Player had always been about rewarding unheralded types and Wagner has had an excellent season for the Black and Gold. Interestingly enough it was Wagner’s normal fourth-line partner, Noel Acciari, who shined for the Bruins on Saturday afternoon with a goal, five shot attempts and four hits through two periods.  

*Three goals allowed on 14 shots in two periods isn’t what the Bruins want to see out of Rask just a handful of games ahead of the playoffs. The first goal allowed wasn’t his fault as it bounced off a few players in front of the net on its way past him. The second goal allowed featured a couple of wide-open Panthers around the net. But Rask did give up a juicy rebound en route to the second goal allowed after an Aaron Ekblad blast right at him. The third goal was a Troy Brouwer short-handed blast off the rush where the B’s goaltender was clearly off his angle before getting beat inside the far post. 

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At Blue Jackets, Tuesday, 7 p.m., NESN

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