Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

  • A pair of streaks came to an end Wednesday night in Sunrise.

    And unfortunately for the Bruins, the Black and Gold’s seven-game winning streak was one of them, as the Panthers stopped their own three-game slide with a 5-2 final over the Bruins at FLA Live Arena.

    On the board with five goals, the Panthers blitzed the Bruins with goals from five different scorers, and scored a season-high three power-play goals against a B’s penalty kill that entered the night ranked second in the NHL. (The three power-play goals surrendered by the Bruins were a season-high, too, as you would expect.)

  • In an 0-1 hole just 1:49 into play behind a Sam Reinhart power-play goal, the Bruins managed to enter the first intermission knotted up at 1-1 when Charlie McAvoy had a wide-open lane for an absolute bomb of a power-play slapper through the Panthers’ Spencer Knight at the 17:14 mark of the frame.

    The McAvoy goal finally gave the Bruins something to hang their hat on in a period that was pretty much all theirs, with a 19-9 shot advantage (and a 15-7 shot advantage at five-on-five).

  • But a parade to the penalty box from the Bruins in the second frame — the Bruins were whistled for four straight penalties within a 13:09 span in the middle period — was enough to ultimately dig a hole too deep for Jeremy Swayman and the rest of a winded Boston penalty kill to climb out of by the night’s end.

    Already back up one thanks to Anton Lundell’s putaway just before the five-minute mark of the second period, the Panthers built on that lead with Aleksander Barkov tip through traffic, and pushed their lead to three with Matthew Tkachuk’s trickler through Swayman with just 14 seconds remaining in the period.

    The Tkachuk was especially brutal gut punch for the B’s, as it made a gigantic difference in the overall feel of this game with the Bruins entering the second intermission down three instead of two.

    And though the Bruins counterpunched with a David Pastrnak power-play goal, the penalties remained an issue, and the Knight refused to crack, with 37 stops by the final horn.

  • Nov 23, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) face-off during the first period at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 23, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) face-off during the first period at FLA Live Arena. (Sam Navarro/USA TODAY Sports)

  • On a lineup front, the Bruins held Trent Frederic (upper-body) out of this contest. Frederic’s absence, as Jim Montgomery alluded to on Tuesday, led to the return of Craig Smith after sitting out the last four games as a healthy scratch. In what was the 800th game of his NHL career, Smith skated to the right of Charlie Coyle and Taylor Hall on Boston’s third line, and finished with two shots and two hits in 9:18 of time on ice.

    On the backend, Jakub Zboril returned to action for the Bruins in place of Anton Stralman, and recorded one hit, a minus-1 rating, and logged a game-low 7:17.

    With the loss, the Bruins dropped to a (still absurd) 17-3-0 on the season, and for context of their otherworldly start to the season, this was just their first loss inside the United States of America this season. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so, yeah, it’s been a pretty decent start to the season.

    The Bruins will return back to Boston for a Black Friday matinee with the Hurricanes.

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