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Bruins rout Panthers in Thomas' return


The Boston Bruins earned their fourth straight victory Tuesday night, crushing the Florida Panthers 6-2 at TD Garden. Led by their top line, the Bruins offense once again exploded, spoiling Tim Thomas’ return. It was the third consecutive game in which Claude Julien’s squad posted a six spot on the scoreboard.

Boston’s top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla dominated Florida, totaling a combined seven points.

Lucic netted two goals, Krejci tallied a goal and two assists, while Iginla chipped in with a pair of assists of his own.

Tuukka Rask was stellar in net, recording 27 saves as he helped the Bruins improve to 34-13-4 on the season. Boston is also unbeaten in regulation at home in their last six games, going 5-0-1.

Thomas on the other hand was dreadful. Boston’s offense peppered their former teammate for 41 shots. The six goals he allowed marked a season-high. He was caught out of position all evening as the Bruins strong net front presence was overwhelming. Even Shawn Thornton got in on the action, beating Thomas for a nifty backhand goal.

Matt Bartkowkski and Reilly Smith also added goals for the Bruins.

Julien rolled all four of his lines and each of them contributed positively. Boston exhibited a strong skating game, actively moving about in all three zones. The Bruins continue to roll along and are one of the hottest clubs in the NHL right now. They are sitting pretty with the Olympic break nearing.

Boston will be in action again on Thursday for a clash with the rival Montreal Canadiens.  Montreal trails the Bruins by 10 points in the Atlantic Division standings.

 

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