By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Mired in a five-game losing streak entering Saturday’s head-to-head with the Panthers, the Bruins got the secondary scoring they’ve been missing and put an end to their slide by way of a 4-2 final on Florida ice.
The Black and Gold set the tone off the jump, and began the night with a strong shift from The Bergeron Line, as the trio simply dominated and pinned the Panthers in their own end for nearly a full minute. And in what finished as a 22-shot opening period from the Bruins, it was Jake DeBrusk who put the B’s on the board with his eighth goal of the season, scored with 5:19 remaining in the frame.
It was good for DeBrusk’s third goal in his last eight games overall, and gave No. 74 the 100th point of his NHL career.
The Bruins refused to let their lead evaporate like it has over this losing streak, too, and instead extended their edge to two behind a David Krejci blast through Sergei Bobrovsky at the 3:14 mark of the second period. They then moved it to three on David Pastrnak’s power-play strike, his 27th of the season, scored just 4:16 after Krejci’s strike.
Down by three through two periods of play, the Cats finally got on the board on a Mark Pysyk goal tallied 2:46 into the third period, and after Bobrovsky denied Pastrnak on a penalty shot with 13:31 remaining, Keith Yandle’s goal through Jaroslav Halak at the 9:13 mark of the period.
And just like that, it was a one-goal contest in Sunrise.
But the Bruins battled, and ultimately sealed the deal on their slump-busting victory on a David Pastrnak empty-net strike, and subsequent four-on-six survival with Charlie McAvoy in the box to close out the evening.
Halak made 31 saves for the victory, while the Bruins had four skaters finish the night with two points.
Bruins winger David Backes returned to the Boston lineup after a four-game layoff as a healthy scratch, and finished with one hit and a shot on goal in 9:19 of time on ice. With Backes in, winger Brett Ritchie joined forward Par Lindholm and defenseman Connor Clifton as the team’s healthy scratches.
The Bruins will return to Boston for a Tuesday night meeting with the Los Angeles Kings.