Shots on Goal: Panthers upend Bruins, 4-1
The Florida Panthers handed the Boston Bruins their fifth straight loss Thursday night at the TD Garden in Boston, 4-1. Florida’s win puts them back on top of the Atlantic Division.
Boston’s scoring woes continue to haunt them as of late with Ryan Spooner being the lone goal scorer for the Bruins. Although, they did have plenty of opportunities, especially in the first frame, outshooting Florida 15-5.
Roberto Luongo (34 saves) had to get into the groove early. In addition to Boston’s shot onslaught, he also had to deal with the Bruins being on the man-advantage twice. The PK was up to the task as was Luongo who had a little help from his defenseman, Steven Kampher, who kept a rebound of a Matt Beleskey shot from crossing the goal line by batting the puck away with his left glove at 5:14. This was the first of two video reviews of the night. The second one being more controversial.
Spooner’s blast, a wrist shot from the top of the right circle, put Boston on top 1-0 for a few minutes. This was to be the only blemish for Luongo on the night. After that it was all Panthers. Line mates Reilly Smith, Vincent Trocheck and Jussi Jokinen took over from there.
Smith, who was traded from Boston at last year’s draft for Jimmy Hayes, got the equalizer when he gathered up a rebound from a Trocheck shot in front of the net making it 1-1.
Trocheck potted the game-winner when he intercepted an errant David Krejci pass and went end-to-end finishing the play with a high glove-side shot past Tukka Rask.
Jussi Jokinen put the game out of reach at 10:56 of the third with a redirect of a Dmitry Kulikov shot.
Now for that controversial second video review…
With 8:03 left in the third period, Patrice Bergeron was hacking at a rebound at the left post from a Brad Marchand shot. The puck appeared to cross the goal line before Luongo brought it back across with the right pad. The call was no goal from the officials so it was off to Toronto for review. After an extended period of time the call was upheld, citing not enough conclusive evidence to overturn it.
The frustration overflowed into the crowd as objects started being thrown onto the ice briefly. Calmer heads prevailed and the game continued on.
Jonathan Huberdeau had an empty-netter to finish off the scoring.
Ten days ago Boston looked like a sure bet for a playoff berth, but after losing the last five games they now have to play for their playoff life. A Detroit win over Montreal now has the Red Wing knocking at the back door only one point behind Boston.