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The Bruins took down the Panthers in the shootout 3-2 and are now 5-0-1 when playing more than 60 minutes. Patrice Bergeron had himself a night with two goals in regulation, he added a goal in the shoot out but it does not count for the hat trick. Tuukka Rask made big saves at big times helping the Bruins avoid a two game losing streak.
The Bruins started the game with a quick goal 1:20 into the game, Patrice Bergeron scored on a wrist shot . Benoit Pouliot and Tyler Seguin assisted on the goal, as anticipated this line has done well in the absence of Marchand. The Bergeron goal was close to the only offense for the Bruins, only six shots on goal for the Bruins in the first.
Patrice Bergeron added his second goal of the game on a five on three power play. Tyler Seguin made a great pass to Bergeron after he skated around the offensive zone looking for options. Interesting to see Krejci, Bergeron, and Seguin together on the two-man advantage, all three are natural centers.
Tuukka Rask had a great start to the game tonight for the Bruins, his play in his last six games have him leading the league in goals against average. Rask had a key stop on a breakaway chance for Shawn Matthias, Rask made 12 saves in the first.
The Panthers tied up the game on a lucky bounce, Rask made the save and the puck deflected off of Dennis Seidenberg and into the net. Jason Garrison was credited the gaol at 8:28 of the second. The Panthers had been playing better offensively and deserved a goal for the hard work.
Shawn Matthias answered with a break away goal when he stepped out of the penalty box, the goal came only a few seconds after the Bruins scored.
The Pouliot-Bergeron-Seguin line had great energy all night and really did a good job back checking. The defensive pressure this unit bring is the reason Seguin leads the NHL in plus minus.
Rask saved the Bruins twice on late breakaways in the third and the other in the final moments of overtime. Those chances in regulation may have helped him in the shoot out.