The Bruins hold up against the Panthers

The Bruins hold up against the Panthers
The Bruins hold up against the Panthers

Having won a hard-fought duel, the Boston Bruins forced a sixth game in their second round series against the Florida Panthers, triumphing 2-1 at Sunrise on Tuesday.

Florida now leads the series 3 to 2. The Bruins have returned to winning ways after losing their last three previous games.

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy scored the goal that made the difference. It was his first goal of the playoffs. The defender totaled two points and fired six shots in the victory. On his goal, Panthers coach Paul Maurice contested, ruling that there had been obstruction on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, but the officials ruled that the goal was allowed.

Morgan Geekie opened the scoring less than five minutes into the match. Coming close to the net, he accepted a pass from teammate Jake DeBrusk and brought the puck back on his backhand to put it behind Bobrovsky.

The Panthers took just four shots in the first period, but finished with a total of 29, one more than their opponents. Sam Reinhart scored his team’s only unassisted goal in the second period. It was his fifth of the series.

Furthermore, the three goals of the match were scored evenly, despite Florida’s four power plays and three from its rivals. In the second period, Mason Lohrei received a penalty for hooking Eetu Luostarinen, which did not affect Bruins driver Jim Montgomery. He bluntly and without restraint informed the officials that the Florida player had dived.

“He dove,” assures Jim Montgomery –

Then, Montgomery’s men got hot in the third period when the Bruins received a penalty for having too many players on the ice, but the Panthers were unable to match.

Still without Merchant

Massachusetts team captain Brad Marchand missed a second straight game because of an upper-body injury suffered in Game 3 after contact with Panthers forward Sam Bennett.

Boston goalie Jeremy Swayman finished the game with 28 saves. His opposite number Bobrovsky made 26 saves.

The next matchup will take place Friday at TD Garden in Boston. The meeting will be broadcast on TVA Sports.

SUMMARY

Panthers 1 – Bruins 2 | Defenseman Charlie McAvoy gives his team the lead with his first goal of the playoffs.

McAvoy scores, gets second point tonight –

Panthers 1 – Bruins 1 | The Panthers responded in the second period thanks to Sam Reinhart, who took advantage of a loose puck in the slot to beat goaltender Jeremy Swayman.

A 5th playoff goal for Sam Reinhart –

Panthers 0 – Bruins 1 | Morgan Geekie opens the scoring at the start of the match. He accepts Jake DeBrusk’s pass, brings the puck to his backhand and beats Sergei Bobrovsky.

Geekie lets Bruins strike first –

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