Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bruins Slam Panthers

     The Florida Panthers finished a three-game homestand as they were shut out by the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Saturday night at BB&T Center. The Panthers completed a stretch in which they played eight of their last nine games at home. Aaron Ekblad participated in his 200th NHL game.
     In the first period, Boston(21-7-4) scored a shorthanded goal on the Panthers first power play at 12:48. Brad Marchand blocked a shot by Ketih Yandle from the blue line and skated away with the puck on a breakaway. He switched to the backhand and put it by James Reimer for a 1-0 lead.
     The B's extended to a two-goal margin at 4:13 of the second period. Zdeno Chara had the puck at the left point and put a square pass to David Krejci in the high slot. He fired a slapshot that David Backes redirected for a tally from the low slot area.
     The Bruins scored with the man-advantage during their third power play midway in the frame. David Pastrnak passed back from the low left circle to Torey Krug on the left point. He blasted a slapshot which was saved, however Marchand put in his second goal of the contest from the right side of the crease.
     Florida(17-16-8) gave up another goal at 4:59 of the third period. Kevan Miller moved the puck from the left wing around the boards to the right corner. Riley Nash flicked a shot from a sharp angle that went into the Panthers cage.

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