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2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Woof: Boston Bruins Dog Florida Panthers 5-1 in Game 1

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SUNRISE — Things were going swimmingly for the Florida Panthers for the first half of Game 1 against the Boston Bruins.

Then, they drowned.

Boston roughed up the Panthers by scoring four unanswered goals, rolling to a 5-1 win and a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 2 is Wednesday at 7:30 (ESPN).

Florida was popping to start this game, peppering goalie Jeremy Swayman with a bunch of good shots early as it cornered the Bruins in their zone.

Boston finished the first strong, but it was Matthew Tkachuk giving Florida a 1-0 lead at 11:45 of the second period.

The Panthers, who had made a couple of mistakes to that point, kept making them.

After making some acrobatic saves in the first 30 minutes, Bobrovsky’s rushed clear was picked off and Morgan Geekie tied the score at 12:52.

Boston would keep coming — and keep scoring.

The Bruins took a 3-1 lead in the waning seconds of the second period, and that was all Swayman needed.

Swayman, who won Game 7 on Saturday night against the Maple Leafs in OT, made 38 saves.

Florida certainly needs to clean some things up, and Aaron Ekblad would like to forget about this one.

The Panthers gave home ice advantage back to the Bruins with the loss, but Boston had it last year when Florida lost Game 1 at the Garden.

Florida has now lost five straight games to the Bruins (0-3-2) since Game 7 last year and are 0-14 on the power play against Boston this season.

The Panthers went scoreless on three power play chances on Monday.

GOALS OF GAME 1

  • Panthers 1, Bruins 0 (11:45, 2nd): Matthew Tkachuk whips one from the top of the right circle with Carter Verhaeghe in front and Florida is up 1-0. Good start to a bad period.
  • Bruins 1, Panthers 1 (12:52, 2nd): Sergei Bobrovsky’s clear was intercepted deep in the zone, David Pastrnak’s shot hits Pavel Zacha who crashes into Bobrovsky allowing Morgan Geekie to pop the loose puck into the net.
  • Bruins 2, Panthers 1 (16:17, 2nd): Mason Lohrei snipes a shot that Bobrovsky does not see coming from the left circle for Boston’s first lead of the night.
  • Bruins 3, Panthers 1 (19:39, 2nd): Brandon Carlo, who got to the arena around 6 after welcoming a son on Sunday, rips off a wrist shot from the right circle and beats Bobrovsky clean with 20.6 seconds left in the second.
  • Bruins 4, Panthers 1 (7:13, 3rd): Justin Brazeau breaks out along the side boards, comes down on Bobrovsky and scores on a forehand-backhand move.

FHN’S 3 STARS OF GAME 1

1. Jeremy Swayman, Boston

2. Brandon Carlo, Boston

3. Mason Lohrei, Boston

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
FLORIDA PANTHERS (ATL1) V. BOSTON BRUINS (ATL2)
BEST-OF-7 SERIES
GAME 2

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surveyjay

We score the opening goal. Everybody’s feeling good about themselves. Playing loose and then Aaron ekblad makes one of the worst turnovers I’ve ever seen. And the thing is, it wasn’t like he was under pressure. He just backed hands a clearing attempt off the boards to the high slot. Game tied. That happened to be his third turnover of the period, Then their second goal, with Marchand in the crease, instead of clearing him, he “bear” hugs him, So now, instead of having just one guy screening him, Bob has Marchand AND Ekblad screening him. Goal, we’re down one..We… Read more »

Kevin Hawkey

Ekblad! I’m sorry but this man has lost his game. He was on the ice and directly bumbled his responsibility resulting in goals! 3 goals! Rewatch the games; his play is a liability! We cannot afford to make plays like he did tonight. Loved the guy for all he has been for FLA, but reality is his game is MIA!

surveyjay

George called him out, he can’t be too harsh.

Duke del Valle

Didn’t like the matchup against Vegas on paper last year based on regular season stats. Don’t like the matchup against Boston this year. Hill got hot at the right time last year and the Panthers weren’t able to figure out a way to beat him and win. Hard to do with the injuries they had in the Finals — but that’s no excuse now they’re dealing with a red hot Swayman. Cats are going to need to get ugly and fast. Get Lomberg out there for no other reason he has no problem creating havoc around the net — and… Read more »

surveyjay

2 of the turnovers that resulted in goals were unforced. I don’t think it’s the match up that’s the problem. I think rust was our problem. I haven’t looked at the box score. But I’d be willing to bet we had at least ten turnovers With as many as half coming in the defensive zone, I don’t care who you’re playing you can’t win like that.

Duke del Valle

Fair enough.

That said, there was not enough presence in front of Swayman all night. People have got to get in there, create havoc, and knock Swayman off his game. And if Swayman winds up blowing his stack and bashing someone like Hill did last year — then go after him twice as hard instead of looking for the refs to jump in because they won’t.

I really hope you’re right and I’m wrong, BTW. Hoping this is rust and nothing more.

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