The Boston Bruins were in action on Sunday afternoon as they took on the Florida Panthers. This was also their final afternoon game of the regular season.
Having lost their last four games, the B's were looking for just the right game to get back into the swing of things. The Panthers are literally at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Although they have been decimated by injuries to some of their key players, that is still no excuse for a team who was coming off of a playoff appearance last season.
The odds were in favor of the Bruins heading into Sunday's game. They held a record of 9-2-1 against teams in the Southeast Division this season. We can put odds aside for this team as of late, but this was the perfect opportunity for the Bruins to get a much-needed win.
Tuukka Rask was right back in net for Boston. Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid were not in the lineup for this game due to injuries while Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton made their returns. Also, Wade Redden got another game under his belt in place of Matt Bartkowski.
In a game that did not feature a great deal of action, the Bruins blanked the Panthers 3-0 to snap their four-game losing streak. They had goals from Jaromir Jagr, Hamilton, and Brad Marchand. This was a game where everyone was involved and everyone contributed.
It was good to see this team get back on track in front of their home crowd. With the final week of the NHL regular season approaching, the Bruins will be fighting for that second spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins will be back in action on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Gold Star: Tuukka Rask...He posted yet another shutout by stopping all 28 shots he faced. Has he worked his way into the Vezina discussion?
Black Star: David Krejci...He was slightly invisible on the ice for this game, not generating much on the offensive end.