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Recap: Short-staffed Bruins fall flat in Florida, lose 3-0

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When it’s not your night, it’s not your night.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

You can only outrun the injury bug for so long, I guess.

The Bruins were shorthanded coming into this game, and were even more shorthanded after David Backes was ejected for a hit to the head of Vincent Trocheck.

The result? A 3-0 loss in a game you can’t help but think was a built-in loss, given the circumstances.

(All highlights from Chris/@CrzyCanucklehed)

Aaron Ekblad got things started with a nifty tap-in after some great pressure from Florida. 1-0 Panthers.

Some miscommunication leaves Nick Bjugstad wide open for a tap-in. 2-0 Panthers.

Vincent Trocheck picks a corner through a screen on the power play to make it 3-0 Panthers.

And that’s it! The Bruins couldn’t muster enough to beat James Reimer, who was sharp when he needed to be. Florida improves to 16-4-1 since the All-Star break, per NESN.

Game notes

  • On the one hand, it wasn’t hard to see this loss coming. The Bruins were dealing with injury issues from the get-go, and losing Backes certainly didn’t help. Mistakes doomed the Bruins in this one, particularly the troubles between Marchand and Nick Holden for the second goal. However, the Bruins did fire nearly 50 shots on net, and came a bounce or two away from being in the game.
  • Per Jack Edwards, tonight was the first time since the second game of the season that the Bruins were shutout. NOT BAD.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau made arguably the biggest play of the game in the first, reaching into the crease and swatting the puck off the goalline to keep the game at 2-0.
  • Not much to pin on Anton Khudobin in this one. The first two goals were tap-ins from the crease, while the third was a rocket through a screen. He was fine.

Back at it on Saturday night in Tampa!