The Florida Panthers were held victim to a 3-1 loss to the Bruins Saturday afternoon. Boston players Ryan Spooner and Brad Marchand scored for the Black and Gold to extend the winning streak to 2 games. This win also marks the ninth straight game that Boston won at the TD Garden verses Florida.
Boston found rhythm early and it payed off. The first two frames, the Bruins outshot Florida 20-13. The first goal came at the 11:35 from a Ryan Spooner deflection off a Torey Krug shot, his first 5-on-5 goal in 20 games.
The B’s would strike again, this time on the power-play at the 8 minute mark. The goal was assisted by Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Tuukka Rask stopped all of the 13 shots in the first 40, but at the 13:56 mark of the third, ex-Bruin Reilly Smith would silence the shutout with his 8th of the season. To close it all, Brad Marchand scored number 14 on the year with an empty net goal to put the nail in the coffin.
So the Bruins won two in a row in two good games. Now what? Well, Boston will meet Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers in Boston this upcoming Monday.
Edmonton is currently on a 5 game win streak, winning their last one in a barn-burner last night over the Rangers. The final for that one was 7-5. Edmonton began this winning streak back on December 2nd, a 3-2 win over Boston in a shootout.
Ryan Spooner scored twice on Saturday to end a slow spell, but looking ahead to the Oilers, will Spooner be able to continue scoring and start a streak? Can Boston pull through and end their winning streak? Finally, how will Coach Julien organize the lines accordingly for a offensive team? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
- Ryan Spooner – 2 goals – BOS
2. Tuukka Rask – 27 saves – BOS
3. Patrice Bergeron – 2 assists – BOS
POST GAME QUOTES:
“Tuukka has been like I think we’re used to seeing him, he’s been solid, and no doubt he’d love to have that goal back. To me, he played well enough to deserve a shutout this afternoon. But he’s been solid. He’s been good. I mean, he had a rough start to this season, but he’s regained his game, and feeling confident, and certainly given us a chance to win every time he’s in net.” – Claude Julien
“I’m not really sure what’s considered to be good, but I definitely know that wasn’t, I guess, good enough, so I definitely need to score a lot more and shoot the puck more I guess when I play 5-on-5.” – Ryan Spooner
“I thought he had a pretty solid game, both his goals are things that we’ve talked about for him — going to the net on that first one to tip it in, and being a bit more of a shooter sometimes on the half wall to keep the penalty kill guessing, instead of being predictable — and then he was rewarded for both of those. So, he had a good game for us.” – Claude Julien