The Boston Bruins dominated the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at TD Garden, winning 4-1. It was Boston’s fourth straight victory over the Panthers this season and seventh straight dating back to last year. Tim Thomas was in goal for Florida and he was once again exploited by the Bruins top scoring line. Boston has now won two concescutive games.
Florida had no remedy for David Krejci. Boston’s top-line center propelled the Bruins to victory, recording a hat trick. He fired seven shots on Thomas and was in his face all evening.
Chad Johnson was outstanding in goal. Johnson allowed just one goal on 24 shots. He has remarkably yet to lose a start at the Garden this season.
Thomas did make 35 saves though. Several of the saves were quiet impressive. This game could have easily been a lot worse for Florida. So Thomas does deserve some credit in that regard.
The Bruins tallied the opening goal for the first time in three games. Boston exhibited a strong game in all of the important areas. They played with passion, fire, determination and toughness. Boston lacked such traits in their previous three games in returning from the Sochi layoff.
Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic both dropped the gloves, firing up their teammates and the home crowd in doing so. It was a complete 60-minute showing and it’s a victory the black-and-gold can certainly build upon moving forward.
Wednesday marks the NHL’s trading deadline. Boston doesn’t need all to much, but acquiring a big, stay-at-home defenseman is someting that would benefit the club. Rumors are swirling. Buckle up and sit tight as it should be a busy off day for the team.
The Bruins will return to action on Thursday. They’ll host the Washington Capitals. Claude Julien‘s club will be seeking revenge for their poor showing against the Caps this past Saturday.