Bruins have fun in the sun; beat Panthers 4-1
The Boston Bruins (11-2-2) swept the Florida leg of their road trip as they defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in front of a “Fenway Sellout” at the Sunrise Center. The game was highlighted with the ridiculous spin-o-rama move and back hand top shelf finish by 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara that had Jack Edwards screaming “ballerina” as the Black and Gold celebrated the big man’s second goal of the season.
The B’s never trailed in this game and really had control of this one for the full 60 minutes. The B’s got on the board after David Krejci won a faceoff and dished it to Milan Lucic who buried a wrister for a 1-0 lead early on. Then, it was potentially the goal of the year for the Bruins by Captain Zdeno Chara who maneuvered himself around Panthers defenders and lifted one top shelf to give the B’s a 2-0 lead.
Chara surprised himself on the nifty move that gave the Bruins the two goal lead in the first period.
“I think it just happened,” said the Bruins captain. “Obviously, you can’t really plan that kind of a goal or those kinds of moves.”
Video of Chara’s spin-o-rama and more from the victory after the jump.
Chris Kelly finally got his name in the scoring column as he netted a power-play goal today. Daniel Paille recorded an empty-netter short-handed goal (1G 1A today) to give the Bruins their first three goal victory of the season.
Tukka Rask had 34 saves on 35 shots today in a game which he looked very comfortable right from the start. Brad Marchand led the team with six shots, Dennis Seidenberg led the club with eight hits and five blocked shots.
As you can see it was a team effort to grab those two points today versus the Panthers. The Bruins killed another four penalties today proving why they are atop the league on the penalty kill (94.4% before heading into today’s game). Including today’s victory, Boston has killed its last 21 penalties. To give you a better understanding on how good the Bruins penalty kill actually is, they have as many short-handed goals as goals they’ve allowed on the penalty kill (two).
The Bruins’ power-play is starting to come along recently recording two power-play goals in their last two games. Chris Bourque now has three assists on the man advantage in 2013.
The Bruins, currently 3-1 on their road trip, will end their long five game road trip Tuesday in New York as they travel to meet the Islanders before returning home to the TD Garden to welcome the Ottawa Senators Thursday night.