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.
BRUINS RECORD: 46-20-9, 101 points, second in the Atlantic Division.
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
Noel Acciari just beat the wheels off MacKenzie Weegar pic.twitter.com/TBJmeQQrtH— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) March 24, 2019
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.
At Lightning, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
Vs. Rangers, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports)R
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