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Highlights from the Bruins' 7-3 win against the Panthers

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Highlights from the Bruins' 7-3 win against the Panthers

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 7, Panthers 3 

IN BRIEF: The Bruins clinched a playoff spot with the help of a five-goal barrage in the second period, including Chara's 200th career goal, and earned a road win over the Panthers. 

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 46-20-9, 101 points, second in the Atlantic Division. 

HIGHLIGHTS

ACCIARI GETS IT STARTED EARLY WITH A QUICK GOAL 

MARCHAND EXTENDS THE LEAD EARLY IN THE SECOND OFF THE DISH FROM BERGY 

THE PANTHERS RESPOND TO CUT INTO THE LEAD

CHARA NOTCHES HIS 200TH GOAL TO PUT THE BRUINS UP TWO 

KUHLMAN PILES IT ON WITH HIS SECOND CAREER GOAL 

HOFFMAN CHIPS AWAY AT THE LEAD FOR FLORIDA

KAMPFER CONTINUES THE SECOND PERIOD BARRAGE WITH A POWER PLAY GOAL 

ACCIARI DROPS THE GLOVES

PASTRNAK SCORES THE FIFTH BRUINS GOAL OF THE PERIOD 

THE PANTHERS TRY TO MAKE A LATE PUSH WITH THE POWER PLAY GOAL 

TROCHECK MAKES THE SAVE OF THE NIGHT, BUT CAN'T STOP BERGERON THE SECOND TIME AROUND 

FROM JOE HAGGERTY: 

Noel Acciari with his second goal of the road trip for the Bruins as he continues to look like a decent fit as the center for the third line, particularly if it’s in a pinch for the Boston Bruins. Perhaps it’s benefiting the straight-ahead Acciari to be playing on a line with David Backes, who helped feed him for the goal scored in the first period. Then in the second period Acciari dropped the gloves with Florida Panthers forward McKenzie Weeger for an energetic bout that ended with Acciari surprising Weeger with a flurry of left-handed punches that eventually knocked the Panthers skater to the ground.

Karson Kuhlman has looked pretty good centering the fourth line thus far, but it sure feels clear that the B’s are going to miss Sean Kuraly centering that fourth line for as long as he’s out. He’s not as consistent of an energy presence and doesn’t have any of the physicality that Kuraly brings to the table, and those are things that will be missed come playoff-time. But Kuhlman did show his own skill, tenacity and speed when he intercepted a puck in the neutral zone, blew past the Florida defense and sniped one into the Florida net for his second career NHL goal, and one of five goals scored overall by the Bruins in the second period.  

What a night for Zdeno Chara. He collected the 200th goal of his NHL career when he was able to step into a Danton Heinen drop-back pass in the second period, has a couple of points to go along with a plus-3 rating and has five shot attempts through two periods while being really active in the offensive zone. He is one of only 22 defensemen in the history of the NHL to score 200 goals in their career. All of this comes for a 42-year-old Bruins captain that also signed a one-year, $2 million contract extension with the Bruins today that could also have another $1.75 million in incentives when everything is said and done.

The Bruins clinched a Stanley Cup playoff playoff spot with their 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers, and saw scoring come from far and wide on the roster in the postseason-clinching victory. Thirteen players, including goaltender Jaroslav Halak, got on the score sheet with at least a point, and Bruins players like Karson Kuhlman, Zdeno Chara and Steve Kampfer got to celebrate scoring goals on Saturday night where it seemed like secondary scorers were the name of the game. Amazingly there was nobody on the B’s roster that had more than two points in the game despite the seven goal output, and that’s a testament to the depth shown in scoring during the win.  

UP NEXT: 
At Lightning, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (NESN) 
Vs. Rangers, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports)R

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Bruins rule David Krejci, Joakim Nordstrom vs. Maple Leafs Saturday

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Bruins rule David Krejci, Joakim Nordstrom vs. Maple Leafs Saturday

BRIGHTON, Mass. — With a big home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs set for the next couple of days, the Bruins opted to give their veteran core group the day away from the ice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

It was a maintenance day for Patrice Bergeron (lower body), Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak after scoring 14 of the last 17 goals for the Bruins over the last six games, and both Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug spent the day off the ice as well. Joakim Nordstrom (upper body) and David Krejci (upper body) were also missing from the Warrior Ice Arena sheet at Friday’s practice — and neither of those players will travel to Toronto for Saturday's game.

“We have Backes as an extra that sat out with Nordstrom being out,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, of the expected replacement in the lineup. “He could slot in there. We may decide to get somebody from Providence if we want a different look down there. [Anders] Bjork has been playing well down there, [Brendan] Gaunce has been playing well down there and [Peter] Cehlarik. Those are the names that I have heard amongst other, so those are potential guys.”

Bjork, of course, has been tearing it up since the start of the season with three goals and six points in five games after being one of the last cuts in Bruins training camp. The Bruins wanted to leave him in the AHL for a spell to regain his offensive mojo and it seems pretty clear that he's done that while deserving another NHL look. 

The Bruins would prefer to keep him on the left side as they've done all season, and that would easy enough if they swung Heinen to the right side as he's done on multiple occasions over the last few seasons. 

While the message wasn’t spelled out by Cassidy following practice, it felt pretty clear given who was on the ice working and who was given a day to rest and recuperate. The Bruins focused on net-drive drills and taking the puck hard to the paint in practice as a reminder for the forwards to simplify their games while looking to produce some much-needed secondary scoring.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based on Friday’s practice with Jaroslav Halak getting the start on Saturday night vs the Leafs:

FORWARD LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk Charlie Coyle Karson Kuhlman
Danton Heinen Par Lindholm Brett Ritchie
Chris Wagner Sean Kuraly David Backes

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Connor Clifton

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Bruins' David Pastrnak joins elite company while carrying Boston offense

Bruins' David Pastrnak joins elite company while carrying Boston offense

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak continues to etch himself into the record books. 

The 23-year-old added to his goal total Thursday night, and in the process did something no Bruin has accomplished in about 15 years -- score at least five consecutive team goals.

Pastrnak has played a role in at least seven consecutive team goals for the second time in his young career, according to NHL Public Relations. The only other player in Bruins history to accomplish the feat was Phil Esposito in 1974 (nine straight team goals). 

The Czech Republic native, as of early Friday afternoon, is also tied with Edmonton Oilers forward James Neal for the league lead in goals scored with eight. Pastrnak also ranks fourth in points with 13. Since the start of his NHL career in 2014-15, Pastrnak has tallied 140 goals and 157 assists for 297 points in 327 games played. 

While Pastrnak and his linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are carrying the B's offense, Boston will need to get its secondary scoring situation squared away quickly. The top line has combined for 17 goals and 14 assists while the remainder of Boston's lineup has accounted for a mere three goals and six assists -- not great for a team that saw its top line shut down throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

Pastrnak and his linemates were given the day off Friday as the team prepares for a home-and-home set with the Toronto Maple Leafs beginning Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena. 

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