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Panthers shut down Bruins, win again in Boston

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

They probably should have focused on trying to do something offensive.

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

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 back 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 victory, the Panthers held Boston without much of the game Sergei Bobrovsky having to do a lot of everything.

That is, until the third, after Florida had a four-goal lead. Then Bobrovsky had to dive in.

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

Boston tied the game after a 4-0 loss, conceding a pair of goals on consecutive shots.

Bobrovsky held on with four saves on a penalty kick that started at the 11:24 mark Dmitri Kulikov making a key block with his goalie on the ice.

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

The score remained that way until late in the second Steven Lorentz took a high stick by the chops, probably loosening or losing a few teeth in the process.

Florida took full advantage of the four-minute power play, scoring twice in a one-minute span.

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

First of all, it was Vladimir Tarasenko he made a sharp wrist shot from the left circle that went to the top corner.

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

In the third inning, the Panthers got the advantage of a sketchy goalie interference call – and took advantage with Brandon Montour by cutting one from the blue line.

This one was ready.

Because Boston scored first in Game 2, Florida previously defeated Boston 10-0 Jakub Lauko scored on a delayed call at 5:01 of the third. It was the Bruins’ ninth shot of the evening.

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

He made his presence felt with authority early on.

Bennett hit everything that moved and whenever he teased Brad Marchand Trying to punch him as he walked to the bench, Bennett turned around and sent him to the ice.

Marchand stood up slowly and went into the room. He did return, but did not return to start the third period.

In the opening face-off, Marchand leaned toward the captain Sasha Barkov and seemed to ask if he wanted to fight.

Barkov had better things to do.

Game 4 is Sunday night at 6:30 PM.

OBJECTIVES OF GAME 3

  • Panthers 1, Bruins 0 (8:04, 1): Gus Forsling’s point shot – after Pavel Zacha turned it around Anton Lundell – goes out Brandon Carlo for the net and Evan Rodrigues channels his inner A-Rod and beats him past Jeremy Swayman.
  • Panthers 2, Bruins 0 (16:14, 2nd PP): Of Steven Lorentz had his mouth checked after taking a high stick, Vladimir Tarasenko kicks things off with a vicious wrister from the left circle.
  • Panthers 3, Bruins 0 (17:14, 2nd PP): Carter Verhaeghe finishes the double small chance by scoring one Matthew Tkachuk’s patented goal line passes.
  • Panthers 4, Bruins 0 (3:09, 3rd PP): Brandon Montour takes advantage of the cool power play and shoots from inside the blue line.
  • Panthers 4, Bruins 1 (5:01, 3rd DC): Now that Verhaeghe is about to go to the coffin, Jakub Lauko (who received the interference call from the goalkeeper Aaron Ekblad draped over him like a cape) scores from the left circle.
  • Panthers 4, Bruins 2 (8:31, 3rd): Jake DeBrusk takes a pass Mason Lohrei after he starts a 3-on-1 opportunity and Boston lands a pair.
  • Panthers 5, Bruins 2 (18:36, 3rd EN): Sam Reinhart has to work for this. Fortunately the goalkeeper 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 RodriguesFlorida

2. Matthew TkachukFlorida

3. Carter VerhaegheFlorida

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
SEMIFINALS OF THE EASTERN CONFERENCE
FLORIDA PANTHERS (ATL1) vs. BOSTON BRUINS (ATL2)
FLORIDA LEADS BEST-OF-7 SERIES 2-1
GAME 4
  • When: Sunday, 6:30 PM
  • Where: Boston Garden
  • National television: TBS
  • Streaming: HBOMax
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (West Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); WCZR 101.7-FM (Treasure Coast); SiriusXM
  • Panthers radio streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL App
  • Series Schedule — Game 1: Bruins 5, Panthers 1; Game 2: Panthers 6, Bruins 1; Game 3: Friday in Boston; Game 4: Sunday in Boston, 6:30 a.m. (TBS); Game 5: Tuesday in Florida, 7 (ESPN); Game 6*:Friday, May 17 in Boston, TBA; Game 7*: Sunday, May 19 in Florida to be determined.
  • – If necessary How they got here:
  • Florida d. Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1; Boston d. Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3Florida First Round – Game 1: Panthers 3, Tampa Bay 2 ; Game 2: Florida 3, Tampa Bay 2 OT; Game 3:Panthers 5, Tampa Bay 3 ; Game 4:Tampa Bay 6, Panthers 3 ;Game 5: Panthers 6, Tampa Bay 1
  • . Last season vs. Boston — Regular Season: Draw 2-2; Playoffs:
  • Florida won 4-3 (first round) This season (Bruins 4-0) — In Boston: Bruins 3, Panthers 2 OT (October 30);Bruins 3, Panthers 2 OT (April 6) . In Florida:Bruins 3, Panthers 1 (November 22) ;Bruins 4, Panthers 3 (March 26)
  • . All-time regular season series:
  • Boston leads 64-37-7, 6 ties All-time Postseason Series:

Florida leads 2-0 (1996, 2023, 1)

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