Milan Lucic started the scoring in the first period. David Krejci won a face-off back to Lucic in the high slot. Lucic's wrist shot beat Jacob Markstrom to the stick side.
Zdeno Chara made it 2-0 on an incredible individual effort. Chara received a pass at the point, spun around a defender before lifting a backhand over Markstrom's shoulder.
Tomas Kopecky cut the lead in half before the first period was over. He poked the puck past Tuukka Rask during a scramble in front of the net. But the Bruins wouldn't cave in. Chris Kelly struck on the power play for his first goal of the season.
Daniel Paille sealed the win with a shorthanded, empty net goal.
The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead for the second straight game. And for the second straight game, the Bruins almost blew that lead. After Chara put the Bruins up 2-0, Kopecky brought the Panthers right back within one. Right after that, Kelly was called fro tripping, sending the Panthers on the power play. Luckily, the Bruins penalty kill has been the best aspect of the team this season and killed off the penalty. That penalty kill has now killed off 21 straight penalties.
Chara's goal was a thing of beauty. Who knew a man with that size could move like that? That could easily be the best goal that Chara has scored in his time in Boston.
Lucic's 14 penalty minutes in the second period were a joke. Lucic was boarded by Mike Weaver with no call from the referees. Lucic responded with a cross-check and was hit with a double minor. The refs then added a 10 minute misconduct after Lucic complained on his way to the box. Weaver should have been the one in the box.
Rask played excellent today. He wasn't tested too much but when called upon, he was there. Rask stood especially tall in the third period with Florida pressing hard. He made some huge saves with the Bruins only up by two.Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, David Krejci, Florida Panthers, Hockey, Jacob Markstrom, Mike Weaver, Milan Lucic, NHL, Tomas Kopecky, Zdeno Chara