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RECAP: Panthers 6, Bruins 1

At 12:42, Matthew Tkachuk and David Pastrnak dropped the gloves.

Turning heads, it’s not every day you see two high-scoring superstars go toe-to-toe.

From the ice to the stands, everyone seemed to love it.

“You’re going to see that on highlights over and over and over again,” Maurice said of the brawl, which Tkachuk won convincingly with a few big blows. “I think it’s a good thing. You’ve got two elite offensive players. Chucky (Tkachuk) is a 100-point guy all day long; Pastrnak’s just this brilliant player. But it’s playoffs. They’ve each got their team. They’ve got their brothers in the room. It gets a little spicy out there and they want to go. I think it was awesome.”

If you had to sum up the win, I think most fans would agree “awesome” is a good word.

After winning both the game and the physical battle, the Panthers can’t wait for Game 3.

“The game is over now, and now we concentrate on (the next one),” Barkov said.

THEY SAID IT

“I really liked our defensive game tonight. We boxed out, let Bob (Sergei Bobrovsky) see the puck. That was a big difference. The PK was very good, too.” – Gustav Forsling

“Sometimes it happens in playoffs. It’s OK. We go through that, and they go through that. I think when the puck drops (in Game 3) everyone is going to try to play their game. It’s going to be like that, at least right away.” – Aleksander Barkov

“We were just chipping away. Once we got that first (goal), we kind of got the ball rolling. Happy with our performance tonight and we’ve got to keep it going in Boston.” – Steven Lorentz

“It was a good fight, a good battle. It’s a big win for us.” – Sergei Bobrovsky

CATS STATS

– Brandon Montour recorded his seventh multi-point playoff game as a Panther.

– Aleksander Barkov registered the 12th multi-point playoff game of his career.

– Florida’s six consecutive playoff goals set a new franchise record.

– Sam Reinhart recorded four assists, setting a new franchise playoff record.

– Thirteen different players received a misconduct penalty in the third period.

– The Panthers never allowed more than six shots on goal in any period tonight.

– The Bruins were held to just three shots on goal in the third period.

– The Panthers led 20-2 in shot attempts at 5-on-5 when Dmitry Kulikov was deployed.

WHAT’S NEXT?

After splitting the first two games at home, it’s time to ship up to Boston.

Looking to gain an edge in the series, the Panthers will battle the Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Friday at TD Garden at 7 pm ET.

The official watch party in South Florida will be held at Funky Buddha.

For details, visit FloridaPanthers.com/CatsOnTap.