The Boston Bruins traveled to Sunrise Florida to take on the Panthers for game 3 of their first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boston needed to come into this game and show that game 2 was a matter of their mistakes costing them the game. Let’s get straight to the takeaways.
Boston scored 4 goals against the Panthers scorers were Taylor Hall, Charlie Coyle, David Pastrnak, and Nick Foligno. The scoring depth on this team showed up last night after second-line center David Krejci was scratched suddenly before the start of game 3. It’s crucial for the Bruins to continue sharing the goal wealth throughout the playoffs. In past runs that was a significant shortfall and it showed.
Linus Ullmark made 29 saves on 31 shots. Ullmark remains the best goalie in the league despite having a poor stat line in game 2. The Swedish goalie started his 3rd game in a row for the first time this season and it didn’t seem to have an effect on his performance. It’s a great sight to see that Ullmark was able to quickly move on from the just flat-out bad game 2 the Bruins had on Wednesday.
The Bruins are not only bringing speed to the game, they’re being really physical too. Charlie McAvoy had 8 hits in this game alone. But it’s not just Chuckie that’s laying the body, only 4 Bruins players didn’t have a hit in yesterday’s game. That’s one way to take the game to the Panthers after they showed you up last game at your barn.
Boston tagged starting goalie Alex Lyon for another 3 goals leading to Sergei Bobrovsky replacing him in the second period. Lyon has allowed 3 goals every game this series and it would be no surprise if we saw a permanent goalie change for Florida.
Boston will look to go up 3-1 when they take on the Panthers in game 4 on Sunday. If Boston can sweep the games in Florida then Bergeron will be back in game 5 most likely according to coach Jim Montgomery.