Final: Bruins 3, Panthers 0
The Bruins finally did their part to help Boston heal its wounds from last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, defeating the Florida Panthers, 3-0, in a Sunday afternoon matinee before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565.
Jaromir Jagr gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period and Dougie Hamilton, a healthy scratch in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Penquins, tallied at 13:33 of the second and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter at 18:38 of the third as Tuukka Rask (18-9-4) made 28 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career.
Bruins 3, Panthers 0, 18:38: Brad Marchand hustled for a loose puck and fished it off the sideboards for a back-handed empty-netter that gave the Bruins a three-goal lead. Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron were credited with assists.
PENALTY, Bruins, 14:45: Zdeno Chara was sent off for interference. He seemed to get the worst of it, though, when he was slow to get up from the ice, taking inventory of his right ankle and leg before skating off to the box.
Bruins 2, Panthers 0, 1:20: Dmitry Kulikov was helped off the ice, clutching his right arm and shoulder after he appeared to injure both in a mid-ice takedown of Jaromir Jagr. Kulikov went down hard on the ice, dragging down Jagr, who rolled over on Kulikov’s shoulder. Kulikov’s injury looked to be eeriely reminiscent of the type of shoulder subluxation Jacoby Ellsbury suffered last year in the Sox’ home opener against Tampa Bay.
Second intermission: Bruins 2, Panthers 0: The Bruins outshot Florida, 21-11 in the period, getting a huge goal from Dougie Hamilton at 13:33. It gave the Bruins, who entered with a 14-2-2 record in games with at least a two-goal lead (10-1-1 when it’s been a 2-0 lead), a much-needed buffer as they took a two-goal lead into the room after two periods.
PENALTY, Panthers, 16:32: Bruins went on the power play for the second time in the game when Filip Kuba was called for tripping Jaromir Jagr on a breakway rush. Bruins failed to capitalize and wound up going 0-for-2 on the man advantage.
Bruins 2, Panthers 0, 13:33: Dougie Hamilton, a healthy scratch Saturday against the Penguins, let rip of a blue-line blast that threaded its way through heavy traffic in front and beat Markstrom top shelf over the Panther goaltender’s right shoulder. It was Hamilton’s fifth goal of the season. Shawn Thornton was credited with his fourth assist of the season. Through the first 13:33, the Bruins have outshot the Panthers, 17-8.
PENALTY, Panthers, 5:18 Jonathan Huberdeau put the Bruins on the man advantage when he was sent off for hooking. Panthers killed off penalty, but Bruins peppered Markstrom with several chances. Bruins have outshot Florida, 10-1, through the first 7:35 of period.
First intermission: Bruins 1, Panthers 0 Jaromir Jagr gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period, giving him 16 goals on the season. The Panthers outshot the Bruins, 9-7, in the period.
PENALTY: Bruins, 18:47: Rich Peverley was sent off for slashing, giving the Panthers their first power play of the game. It also assured Florida of extending the man advantage to the first 47 seconds of the second period.
Bruins 1, Panthers 0, 14:08: Tuukka Rask, who was not about to take this one sitting down, was back in goal for the Bruins, and it was a good thing, too. Especially after Rask made a brilliant kick save with his left leg, shutting the door on Drew Shore’s point-blank bid as the puck hovered perilously in the crease.
Bruins 1, Panthers 0, 3:03: Jaromir Jagr tallied his 16th goal of the season when he snapped off a wrister from the right circle, beating Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom top shelf in the right corner to give the Bruins an early one-goal lead. Chris Kelly was credited with his sixth assist of the season while Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL point since joining the Bruins last week when he was credited with a helper.
Pregame: The Bruins will take another crack at delivering Boston a redemptive victory in light of the Boston Marathon bombings. After taking two whacks at it, the Bruins hope the third time will be the charm, but they’ll have to do so without Adam McQuaid (lower body) and Nathan Horton (upper body), both of whom were scratched because of injuries suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Penquins.