Causeway Crowd’s Three Stars (Bruins-vs-Panthers)


Mar 14, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) clears the puck against the Florida Panthers during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, the Boston Bruins overcame a few personal deficiencies to chalk another win for the season. The Bruins weren’t inept though. They played a very clean game, spending a season low four minutes in the sin bin. They won two thirds of their face offs, and the team as a whole registered thirty hits. Once again, the power play wasn’t really there for the Bruins, but the penalty kill was.  Nine different players racked up points in that game, and while it wasn’t a technically good game, the Bruins once again fixed their mistakes and brought home a 4-1 win for the Nation.

March 14, 2013

Boston Bruins vs  Florida Panthers (@TD Garden)

Final Score: Boston Bruins 4 – Florida Panthers 1

Three Stars of the Game:

Third: Shawn Matthias (FLA), Second: Patrice Bergeron , First: Tuukka Rask

Causeway Crowd’s Three Stars of the Game:

Third Star: Shawn Thornton. It’s not often the big guy gets on the three star board, but he earned it in that game. He only had nine minutes of ice time, but he was productive. Fourteen shifts, with four shots on goal. One of those shots was the pivotal insurance goal that put the Bruins ahead in the third period. After #22 swept around the back of the net to take his own deflection to get the wrap around shot, it put the Bruins up by two and the never looked back.

Second Star: Patrice Bergeron. Once again, the Bruins alternate captain finds himself on the three star list. Two goals, two points, and an additional +2 bringing his +/- to a +20, putting him in a tie for second place in the league. The Bergeron line continues to find itself as the leading production line for the Bruins. He put down twenty shifts, and put down a full period on the ice.

First Star: Tuukka Rask. We agree again. Tuukka once again has covered the Bruins butts when they weren’t playing to their potential. Tuukka stopped thirty of thirty one shots on goals. The only one that got through him was a short handed goal by Matthias. He slid under Dougie Hamilton(who had caught a bad pass from Lucic, and Dougie came up waiting for a whistle rather playing through to the whistle.) to get one on Rask’s off side. #40 is now #1 again in overall wins in the league (14), second with save average (.930), and third with goals-against average (1.91).

This afternoon the Boston Bruins are looking for a little payback against the Washington Capitals. The game will be able to be watched on NESN, and is on the radio at 98.5 The Sports Hub.