Dec 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) handles the puck during the third period against the Calgary Flames at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Last Skate of The Day, March 4, 2014

The Bruins were home tonight taking on the Florida Panthers. While Tim Thomas in town is always a noteworthy event, the night belonged to Bruins forward David Krejci. Krejci earned his third career hat trick tonight in a game where the Florida Panthers never really clicked. The Bruins walked away with this one, winning 4-1. This was Chad Johnson‘s seventh win in a row at home, and it looks like he’s going to be sticking around next season. Read all the highlights on the Bruins win straight from the bear cave itself: (Boston Bruins)

While there weren’t many highlights for Florida, here’s how the game looked from the perspective of the Panthers. Truth be told, the game could have easily been a seven or eight goal disaster if it wasn’t for the still acrobatic Thomas in their net tonight. (Florida Panthers)

Vancouver’s finally decided what to with Roberto Luongo. They’ve traded him to the Florida Panthers. That’s right the bitterest rivals from the 2011 Stanley Cup (That’s Tim Thomas folks.) will now be teammates. You know somewhere in the Valhalla of the Hockey Gods, one of them just saw this report and spewed their nectar all over the television. Well, won’t things be interesting in Sunrise now. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Tim Thomas when asked about the trade offered up this gem of a response:

“It looked like Dale [Florida general manager Dale Tallon] went kicking some tires and found one that needed to be pumped. It’ll be interesting. I don’t know how things are going to work out assuming I stay in Florida, it will be interesting. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun.”

Watch the entire interview with Tim Thomas, courtesy of the New England Sports Network (NESN)

Finally, we know that the Finns take hockey as seriously as the Russians, Swedes, and Canadians. It’s how they beat the Russians and the US to win the bronze medal. Here’s a humorous, but probably semi-serious look at how Finnish players train. (It’s a commercial for one of their pro teams) (You Tube)

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