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HIGHLIGHTS: Bruins beat Panthers in second period, cruise to 5-1 win

A good start turned into a great second period, and Boston was able to bury the Panthers early.

NHL: Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins
The B’s had enough of a cushion to put on a clinic in the third period.
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Here’s a quick rundown of the game.

Charlie McAvoy won the NESN 7th Player Award. Meanwhile, Riley Nash would be congratulated for his stellar season with a puck to the ear.

First Period

Jamie McGinn capitalized on the rebound after some passing in tight from Keith Yandle to Vincent Trocheck.

Holden would score his first as a Bruin on a sah-weeeeet spin pass from David Krejci.

Jake DeBrusk scored in his first game returning from injury, and Ryan Donato notched the primary assist, forechecking hard and getting the puck to the front of the net for Jake.

Second Period

Ryan Donato showed great patience with the puck, not forcing the pass to his center and sniping a goal over James Reimer.

Adam Mcquaid and Micheal Haley fought, because fists.

A heavily tangled scrum, stemming from an uncomfortable elbow from Jonathan Huberdeau, resulted in a penalty to Vincent Trocheck and a double-minor to Brad Marchand.

Another penalty was called while Marchand was still in the box on his minors - this time, putting the Bruins on the power play, and they would take advantage.

Jake DeBrusk poked home a rebound from a great drive by Kevan Miller.

Third Period

The Panthers THOUGHT they had started a comeback, but it was decidedly not in the net. After being called a goal on the ice, the referees checked out the replay and cleaned things up.

Brandon Carlo went down really awkwardly. You can watch it here; I can’t bring myself to embed it. Here’s hoping it looked worse than it is.

Acciari and Florida forward Mackenzie Weegar mixed it up with about seven minutes to go, with Acciari landing several heavy punches before getting taken down.

The game would end with some more clinical excellence from Boston, who kept the Panthers from assembling any sort of offensive attack.

Big win! Back in first in the East and eyes on padding it tomorrow in Philly.