The Boston Bruins faced and defeated the Florida Panthers 6-2 Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
The Boston Bruins goal scorers were out in full force including Milan Lucic, who recorded two goals and almost had a third as the B's breezed to a win. Captain Zdeno Chara even broke into the scoring action with a goal while Shawn Thorton made one of his best moves of the year in his goal scoring effort. David Krejci netted his 11th goal of the year as well.
This game was never too close as the B's broke into the score sheet 7:41 into the game when Milan Lucic notched his 14th goal past Thomas with help from Iginla and Krejci to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Roughly eight minutes later in the first the Big Z tapped home his 13th goal of the year past an overly-agressive Tim Thomas to give the B's a 2-0 edge at the end of the first.
Lucic began the scoring in the second with his 15th goal of the year from Iginla and Bartkowski to give the Bruins the 3-0 edge. About 13 minutes later the Bruins went on the power play and Reilly Smith was able to go top shelf to notch his team-leading 18th goal of the year. But the Panthers would answer five minutes later as former Bruin, Brad Boyes, was able to sneak one past Rask to make it a 4-1 game.
The Panthers opened the third with a bang, four minutes in, Dmitry Kulikov was able to end the Panthers power play drought of 43 straight non-conversions as he was able to get one by Rask to cut the Bruins lead in half at 4-2. Four minutes later Shawn Thorton was able to make a beautiful play to bring the puck all the way down the ice and slip in back-hand past Thomas to give the B's the 5-2 edge. To cap the scoring, with about three minutes left in the game, David Krejci found the puck and netted his 11th goal of the season unassisted style for the Bruins sixth goal of the game.
Rask was excellent stopping 28-of-30 shots for a .933%. While Thomas struggled only stopping 35-of-41 shots for a .854%.
The Bruins out-shot the Panthers 41 to 30.
The Bruins scratches for the game were Jordan Caron(unknown) and Adam McQuad(lower body injury).
The Bruins have now scored six goals each of their last three games.
The Bruins will play host to Montreal on Jan. 30th at 7:00 PM as they look to extend their divison lead.