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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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5 Blue Jackets players Bruins fans should know before second-round playoff series

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The Boston Bruins probably didn't expect to host Game 1 in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, but the series opener will be played at TD Garden thanks to the Columbus Blue Jackets upsetting the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.

The Blue Jackets and Bruins played three times in the regular season, and Boston won two of those meetings. Not much can be taken from those games, however. Columbus is much improved, and the pieces it added at the trade deadline, most notable Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, are really starting to fit well in the lineup.

The Blue Jackets are a dangerous team, and the B's must not take them lightly or another upset could unfold.

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Big Game Kuraly continues to score big goals in the playoffs

Big Game Kuraly continues to score big goals in the playoffs

BOSTON – The Bruins insisted that missing an injured Sean Kuraly at the beginning of their first-round playoff series was going to be a bigger factor than most expected.

Certainly, the fourth line was a strength for the Bruins all year and Kuraly has built up a reputation as a playoff performer in his short time with the Bruins, but it was also difficult to envision him being that much of a difference-maker. Yet, it was Kuraly that scored a huge goal in the first few minutes of the third period to give Boston a little insurance and lead them to a 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs in the decisive Game 7 at TD Garden on Tuesday night.

Kuraly was solid in each of his first two games back in the series once he got healthy, but he exploded in Game 7 for a goal, two points and a plus-3 for a fourth line that kicked in two of the first three goals in a huge playoff game for Boston.

That’s just Big Game Kuraly getting it done again.

“We talked about him missing the start of the series, and you talk about a depth guy and think how much you can miss him, but we use him in a lot of different ways for us, and he’s a valuable playoff guy,” said Bruce Cassidy. “The last couple of years he’s scored some big goals for us in the playoffs.”

Kuraly made a nice play to keep the puck in the offensive zone and get it to Joakim Nordstrom for the first goal of the game, but it was the rocket from the high slot that clinched the game in the third that really wowed his teammates.

“That was an amazing shot. I saw the hold there. I know for some reason I thought he was going to do it and he got it done,” said Patrice Bergeron, who knows a little something about being clutch himself. “I thought that was a great play by him at a clutch time. He’s been doing that many times, I guess, over the last few years.”

So now the 26-year-old Kuraly has five goals and eight points in 19 career playoff games for the Bruins over the last three postseasons, and is fully healthy and back driving a fourth line that became a big factor over the second half of the playoff series. It was certainly the bottom-6 guys’ time to shine in Game 7, but it also highlighted just how much the Nazem Kadri suspension screwed a Leafs team trying to match up with the Bruins.

“I think anytime you can contribute offensively it feels great. A lot of times we contribute in different ways, but to be able to do that was a good feeling and something we hope to continue. But [it’s] really just continue playing hard and trying to build on good shifts for our team,” said Kuraly.  “It’s a little even more calming just being in the lineup because you feel like you’ve got a little impact on it. But the guys played great in some of those games and I was just really happy to be able to get back in there at some point. Everything went really well with me.”

That’s an understatement, but then again everything goes really well for Big Game Kuraly once it hits playoff time. 

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