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2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 3: Panthers Shut Down Bruins, Win in Boston Again

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The Boston Bruins tried to get the Florida Panthers to roll around on the ice with them on Friday night.

They probably should have concentrated on trying to do something offensively, instead.

For the second straight game in this series, the Panthers played a strong defensive game and shut down the Bruins for much of a 6-2 Game 3 win.

Florida leads the best-of-7 second-round series 2-1.

The Panthers have also won their past four playoff games at the Boston Garden dating to Game 2 of last year’s opening round.

A game after holding the Bruins to 15 shots on goal in Wednesday’s 6-1 win, the Panthers held Boston to large swaths of the game without Sergei Bobrovsky having to do much of anything.

That is, until the third, after Florida held a four-goal lead. Then, Bobrovsky had to get into it.

Through the first period, Boston had three shots on goal; the total swelled to eight after 40.

Boston came correct after going down 4-0, getting a pair of goals on consecutive shots.

Bobrovsky stood tall with four saves on a penalty kill which started at 11:24 — with Dmitry Kulikov making a key block with his goalie on the ice.

He ended up with 14 saves — same as in Game 2.

Evan Rodrigues got the scoring started at 8:04 of the first, batting in a puck that popped off Brandon Carlo from a Gus Forsling point shot.

The score stayed that way until late in the second when Steven Lorentz took a high stick to the chops, likely loosening up — or losing — a couple teeth in the process.

Florida took full advantage of the 4-minute power play, scoring twice within the span of a minute.

The Panthers had been 1-for-11 with the man advantage in this series prior to scoring three straight on the power play.

First, it was Vladimir Tarasenko rifling a sharp wrist shot from the left circle that went top corner.

A minute later, Carter Verhagehe knocked a slick goal-line pass from Matthew Tkachuk past Jeremy Swayman.

In the third, the Panthers got the benefit of a sketchy goalie interference call — and cashed in on that as well with Brandon Montour slicing one from the blue line.

This one was done.

Since Boston scored first in Game 2, Florida outscored Boston 10-0 before Jakub Lauko scored on a delayed call at 5:01 of the third. It was off the Bruins’ ninth shot of the eve.

Florida came into the game feeling pretty good with the return of Sam Bennett.

He made his presence felt with authority early.

Bennett was hitting anything that moved and, when pest Brad Marchand tried to wallop him as he headed to the bench, Bennett turned and sent him to the ice.

Marchand was slow to get up, and went to the room. He did return, but did not come back to start the third period.

In the opening face-off, Marchand leaned in to captain Sasha Barkov and appeared to ask whether he wanted to fight.

Barkov had better things to do.

Game 4 is Sunday night at 6:30.

GOALS OF GAME 3

  • Panthers 1, Bruins 0 (8:04, 1st): Gus Forsling’s point shot — after Pavel Zacha turned it over to Anton Lundell — goes off Brandon Carlo in front of the net and Evan Rodrigues channels his inner A-Rod and bats it past Jeremy Swayman.
  • Panthers 2, Bruins 0 (16:14, 2nd PP): With Steven Lorentz getting his mouth looked at after taking a high stick, Vladimir Tarasenko kicks things off with a wicked wrister from the left circle.
  • Panthers 3, Bruins 0 (17:14, 2nd PP): Carter Verhaeghe finishes off the double-minor chance, knocking in one of Matthew Tkachuk’s patented goal line passes.
  • Panthers 4, Bruins 0 (3:09, 3rd PP): Brandon Montour takes advantage of the gift power play, firing from inside the blue line.
  • Panthers 4, Bruins 1 (5:01, 3rd DC): With Verhaeghe about to go to the box, Jakub Lauko (who got the goalie interference call with Aaron Ekblad draped on him like a cape) scores from the left circle.
  • Panthers 4, Bruins 2 (8:31, 3rd): Jake DeBrusk takes a pass from Mason Lohrei after he started a 3-on-1 chance and Boston pulls within a pair.
  • Panthers 5, Bruins 2 (18:36, 3rd EN): Sam Reinhart has to work for this one. Good thing the goalie was on the bench.
  • Panthers 6, Bruins 2 (19:09, 3rd PP): Rodrigues gets his second as the Panthers score four power play goals for the first time in the playoffs.

GR’S 3 STARS OF GAME 3

1. Evan Rodrigues, Florida

2. Sam Bennett, Florida

3. Sasha Barkov, Florida

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
FLORIDA PANTHERS (ATL1) V. BOSTON BRUINS (ATL2)
FLORIDA LEADS BEST-OF-7 SERIES TIED 2-1
GAME 4 

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Duke del Valle

Impressive for no other reason than after going O for the regular season and coming up against a red hot goalie the Panthers go into Boston and dominate. Incredible.

Go Cats!

surveyjay

If Maroon was pissed off before, he must be down right steaming now.

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Cats and Oilers

Bennett was incredible from the beginning. Cats dominated a game where many thought Boston would come out on fire. Very impressive win.

shoto2526

I believe, as this series continues, Boston will continue to crumble. They don’t have the depth. They are wearing out. A once great team has been playing with house money all season. Just good enough. Florida is their worst nightmare. Florida has depth and flexibility. If they try to play a tight checking game, the Cats will grind them down all night. When the Bruins try to play wide open, the Panthers run four lines and maul them. I know it looks like simple hindsight, but I’ve been saying this since the playoffs began with Tampa. The Leafs would have… Read more »

surveyjay

Exactly correct, Boston’s third and fourth lines are on the ice to hit people and play Physical. Our third and fourth lines are on the ice to score goals. I think depth is absolutely the deciding factor in this series. As in both the last 2 games, they played us fairly tight, defensively anyway, in the first periods. The fact that we roll four lines just wares them down and we’ve seen it play out in the last two games where about midway through the second periods Boston seems to fade and we seem to get stronger. Boston has a… Read more »

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