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A lot can happen in less than thirty seconds, especially in hockey. For the Bruins, they were able to collect three goals with less than five minutes left to go in the game to secure the win on Thursday night in Boston. Of course, they all came in the span of 24 seconds. Collecting his second career hat trick, Milan Lucic was able to score two of his three goals in the third period to propel the Bruins to the 4-0 victoryover the Florida Panthers.
The Bruins racked up three goals in the third with two from Lucic and the third from the unlikely Shawn Thornton. Up until that point, it was a 1-0 Bruins lead since the first period when Lucic scored his first goal of the night. Both teams played tough defense and both goalies played strong, one just happen to fall apart in the end.
With the win the Bruins improved to 11-5-1 (23 points) on the season. The Panthers, on the other hand, fell to 8-9-0 (16 points).
Tuukka Rask started in goal for the Bruins and was absolutely phenomenal in what was his best performance thus far this season. He stopped all 41 shots on goal to earn his first shutout of the season. It was also his first win of the season, as his record now stands at 1-4-1 for the year.
Tomas Vokoun started in goal for Florida and was having a pretty good night, until the third period. If Lucic never played, then Vokoun would have been great, but it’s just too bad for him that Lucic stepped on the ice. Vokoun is now 7-6-0 on the season, which is not too impressive thus far.
The Bruins will have Friday off before the Los Angeles Kings come to visit on Saturday in the first of two games against the team from LA. The Kings have done very well this season as they currently sit at a record of 12-5-0 (24 points). They will be without one of their more promising players in Scott Parse as he will undergo hip surgery next week. Parse was supposed to be on the first line but a groin injury to start off the season followed by hip surgery really takes a hit on the Kings lineup.