Unfortunately for the Boston Bruins and the thousands of spoked-B faithful, the clanging that echoed throughout the TD Garden last night was not the sounds of Silver Bells ringing. Instead the ringing was the result of the Bruins hitting the post four times in a loss to the Florida Panthers. The Bruins hit the post three times in the first period, setting the stage for an extremely frustrating offensive night.
The Bruins, fresh off a 2-1 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, played their third game in four nights, yesterday against the Panthers. The Panthers beat the Bruins by a score of 2-0, snapping Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas’ 10 game winning streak. The Bruins came up against a hot goaltender in Jose Theodore, who stopped all 40 of Boston’s shots to notch his second shutout of the season.
Although the Bruins did get some solid scoring chances, the game was dominated by a lot of sloppy play from the hometown team. The Bruins couldn’t connect on a lot of the passes they attempted, the puck either being too far ahead of or too far behind the intended receiver.
The two teams started a scoreless third period and it looked like the game was going to head to overtime when Tomas Kopecky of Florida scored with 2:32 left in the game. The rebound goal came as a result of a Shawn Matthias shot. Thomas made the initial save, but left the rebound out in front of his net. It was an easy goal for Kopecky. Kris Versteeg scored an empty net goal with 42 seconds remaining to secure the victory for Florida.
This was only the second time this season, both coming at home, that the Bruins have been shutout. The other time was the third game of the season, against the Colorado Avalanche. The win moved the Panthers ahead of the Bruins into second place in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins look to get back to their winning ways when they face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets this Saturday night.