The Bruins tried to bounce back on Thursday night after an absolutely horrid loss on Tuesday. Their opponent on Thursday was the Southeast Division leading Florida Panthers. This was the final meeting between these two teams this season.
Coming into this game, the Bruins were in first place in the Northeast Division by only one point. With the Ottawa Senators breathing down their necks, the B's need to take things one game at a time the rest of the way and not worry about looking over their shoulder.
Adam McQuaid and Benoit Pouliot each made their returns in this game as they both missed Tuesday's action. Jordan Caron skated with Milan Lucic and David Krejci since Tyler Seguin was reunited with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Tim Thomas was back in net for this one. He has played in 18 of the last 20 games.
The first period was physical and chippy. Some questionable penalties were called against the Bruins. With that being said, this was not a bad period for Boston. The players kept things simple and more reserved.
They still came out of the first period trailing as Mikael Samuelsson put the Panthers up 1-0 on the power play. This was the 10th time in 12 games the Bruins have allowed the first goal.
Florida put more pressure on Boston in the second period. The Bruins did win the battles along the boards, but lacking a presence in the middle of the ice cost them. The Panthers grabbed three more goals in the period. Marcel Goc, Stephen Weiss, and John Madden recorded those previously mentioned tallies. Defenseman Brian Campbell had three assists in the game. Joe Corvo did put a goal on the board for the Bruins, but he still had a costly turnover.
Brian Rolston kicked off the third period with a power play goal, his first goal since he returned to the Black and Gold. The Panthers got their fifth goal when Chris Kelly's pass took a bad bounce and the puck found Tomas Kopecky wide open in front of the net. Wojtek Wolski added one more towards the end of the game.
The Bruins dropped their fourth straight game as they fell to the Panthers by a score of 6-2.
The B's next game will be at home on Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Gold Star: Brian Rolston (1 goal, 1 assist)...It was not a strong game on his part, but a multi-point game is a multi-point game.
Black Star: Tim Thomas (23 saves on 29 shots, 6 goals allowed, .793 save percentage)...What a disgrace.