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Bruins vs. Panthers 12/14/19 RECAP: Bruins snap losing streak, win 4-2!

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The first line once again flexes it’s muscles, and some depth scoring comes through big in closer-than-it-looks win!

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First Period:

The Bruins got off to a great start. Hammering Bobrovsky with shots and controlling play throughout the first 20 minutes, getting good opportunity after fantastic opportunity, before finally cashing in as Jake DeBrusk finally got on the scoreboard after a multi-game absence, putting the B’s up 1-0!

If ever there was a time and place to hit the career triple digits, that was it.

More importantly, Boston ended up holding this lead! They even got a power play to end it!

Second Period:

The power play ended up not helping, but Boston did get another goal from David Krejci who’s chronomancy somehow willed a puck past Bobrovsky.

Gotta keep your eye on it, Bob. 2-0 B’s!

Not to be outdone by a Czech David, the Bruins other Czech David ended cashing in on the Power play!!! 3-0 B’s!

What a tip.

What could make this gravy train feel concerning?

Third Period:

Why, the Panthers doing the exact same thing they did the last time they played Boston! They surged hard in the 3rd, hemming the Bruins into their own end for a vast stretch of the game, and eventually cashed in. First was Mark Pysyk, who took advantage of a net-man scramble to get the Cats on the board. 3-1 B’s

It’s what happens when you can’t get out of your own end.

Things got even worse as Keith Yandle #SHOCKEDTHEWORLD...by wiring a shot right over Jaroslav Halak’s shoulder. 3-2 B’s

I...don’t know how he missed it, but I’ll chalk it up to the vast amount of shot attempts he was reacting to during this run.

What happened next was the single most agonizing and terrifying third period of the past 10 games, as knowing what the Panthers were trying to do with the Bruins essentially daring them to do it made for a terrible watching experience. It was like staring down the barrel of disappointment.

Thankfully, David Pastrnak was able to cash in on the empty net, and the Bruins walked away the winners and snapping a 5 game losing streak! 4-2 B’s!

Game Notes:

  • Halak’s bizarre 2nd goal aside, he had a great game. And he needed to be, especially during the third period when the Panthers were surging.
  • Boston finally got the power play to do something after roughly 200 tries over the past couple of games.
  • Charlie McAvoy once again your TOI leader.
  • Jake DeBrusk loves scoring goals, and Bruins fans love watching him score goals, but apparently the B’s have a near-unstoppable record whenever he scores. They really need to get him going consistently and they’ll be back on schedule to salt the earth the NHL walks on like a cobalt bomb.
  • David Pastrnak could realistically have 30 goals by the end of the year. Hell, with the quality of competition coming through this week, he could have it by the end of the week. This player is absolutely absurd.