October 18th, 2013 by

Three takeaways: Bruins-Panthers

Three takeaways: Bruins-Panthers

Although it was Game 5 of the ALCS for the Boston Red Sox, this Bruins game had its own appeal as former Bruin Tim Thomas squared off against his former team in Florida. The B’s got to Thomas early and struck again late to escape with a 3-2 victory on third period goal from newcomer Reilly Smith that dribbled through Thomas’ pads.

Here are three takeaways from Thursday’s contest:

1.) Inserting Dougie Hamilton and scratching Adam McQuaid was the right move.

Claude Julien has his hands full with the number of great defensemen he has on his team. Last night he decided to sit Adam McQuaid and insert Dougie Hamilton. I think we can all agree Julien pushed the right button there.

Hamilton riffled a power-play goal past Thomas to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead early on. He was physical too, compiling three hits and blocking a shot in the process. Hamilton also threw five shots on net. It is a very encouraging sign for a player in his second year.

Hamilton is an offensive defenseman whose shot can make a difference and we saw that tonight in Florida.

2.) Thank you Seguin and Peverley? Reilly Smith solid once again in victory.

Reilly Smith who was essentially a “throw-in” in the Seguin mega-deal last Fourth of July has been playing great hockey for the Black and Gold and it continued Thursday night. Smith scored the game-winner with less than a minute left to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to score and help the team win,” Smith said.

Due to the slow start by Brad Marchand, Smith has been inserted alongside Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson and has not disappointed. Tonight, Smith had 10 shot attempts and his goal was the difference in the game.

Look for Reilly Smith to continue to be a difference-maker and once Brad Marchand gets going again, he will give this team even more depth that it already has.

3.) Tuukka bounces back after loss

After a tough game Monday against the Detroit Red Wings allowing a season high three goals, Tuukka Rask bounced back nicely in a 3-2 victory away from TD Garden.

Rask earned his fourth win of the season turning away 25 of 27 shots. He was rock solid despite the distraction of answering questions all week about facing off against Tim Thomas.

Rask now sits with a .947 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average. As long as he stays healthy, Rask will again be in the conversation of the Vezina Trophy.

Share "Three takeaways: Bruins-Panthers" via

Add a comment

1 READERS COMMENTED

  1. Pingback: Player of the Week: October 14th-20th, 2013 - Bruins Daily October 21, 2013 […] scored the game-winning goal against Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers with less than a minute left giving the youngster his first goal of the 2013 season. He followed up […]

Leave a reply

More in Post Game
Aug 25, 2 days ago

After Vesey saga, Sweeney must go back to filling top off-season item

We’re a week removed from the end of the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes. Despite the Bruins’ pitches of top-six ice time and playing for his hometown team, Vesey opted to sign with the Rangers and join good friend Kevin Hayes and the rest of the…

Aug 16, 1 week ago

Rating the Bruins chances of landing Jimmy Vesey

(Photo by Bob Snow, Bruins Daily) Welcome back to the Jimmy Vesey watch where all the teams are trying to persuade the former Harvard University standout to begin his career in a city near you. Now that he is officially a UFA, a good handful of teams…

Aug 9, 3 weeks ago

Jimmy Vesey watch adds intrigue to dog days of summer

(Photo by Bob Snow, Bruins Daily) With the NHL Draft, free agency and Development Camps behind us, the dog days of August are officially here. This is a time that the hockey community usually unplugs from the daily grind of an off-season and goes int…