Playing without both Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci for the second straight game, the Boston Bruins followed up a game three win by doing the same in game four, beating the Florida Panthers 6-2. Three down, 13 to go.
Goals came from Brad Marchand, Tyler Bertuzzi, and two from both Jake DeBrusk and Taylor Hall. 11 Bruins skaters in total registered a point, as did their goalie. Tomas Nosek of all people had two assists. With that, it’s takeaway time!
Playoff Jake is Back
One of the players that needed to step up in the absence of Bergeron and Krejci was Jake DeBrusk. In game four, he sure did, scoring two goals, his second and third of the postseason. He’s up to 21 career playoff goals, and it’s another example of the great depth the Bruins have.
Dmitry Orlov Still Producing
One of the best moves made by the Bruins was to land Dmitry Orlov at the trade deadline. After a hugely successful regular season with the Bruins, he’s continued it with an impressive stretch so far in the postseason.
He has registered at least a point in all four games for the Bruins, becoming only the sixth defenseman in league history to do so, and the first since Kris Russell in 2015 with the Calgary Flames. In those four games, he has five assists, getting his latest one on DeBrusk’s first goal of the night.
Tyler Bertuzzi Is Red Hot
In his first taste of the NHL playoffs, Bertuzzi has been one of the Bruins best players. In the four games of this series, Bertuzzi has six points, recording a goal and an assist in this one. He assisted on Marchand’s first period goal and scored in the third period on a deflection.
Linus Ullmark Does It All
There’s quite a lot to say about Linus Ullmark in this one. I’ll start with his main duty of stopping pucks. He made 41 saves on 43 shots, recording a .953 save percentage. He was awesome between the pipes once again.
He also tapped into his scoring side. He picked up his first career playoff point and third career assist on Taylor Hall’s breakaway goal in the third period.
Then came the final piece. He was sick and tired of Matthew Tkachuk’s antics and decided he wanted a piece of the Panthers agitator. Unfortunately, the refs stepped in before they could square off, and Ullmark was sent to the showers early. Jeremy Swayman played the final 3:11 and made one save. I for one really wanted to see that fight.
After two days off, game five is set for Wednesday night as the series shifts back to Boston. The Bruins will have a chance to end it on home ice and secure their spot in the second round.