Bruins edge Panthers with 7 goals and extend home point streak to 19 games

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BOSTON — The Boston Bruins extended their season-opening home point streak to 19 games with a 7-3 victory against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden on Monday.

patrice bergeron He had two goals and two assists. david pastrnak scored and linus ullmark he made 36 saves for Boston (25-4-2), which is 17-0-2 at home. brad marchand he had three assists, and four other Bruins players had multipoint games.

“Our depth wore them out,” Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “We kept playing four lines, you know, with a 5-on-5 game most of the time, especially the first 30 minutes, it allowed us to get ahead.”

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sam reinhart Y Carter Verhaeghe each had a goal and an assist, and spencer knight he made 19 saves for Florida (15-14-4).

“I don’t think our game was much different until we got to 6-3,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said. “I think we had things we’d like to do better with pucks in the transition game. That bit us in the butt, but we held on for 39 [shots]. We had enough to score; We gave more than we could tonight to have a chance to win.”

The Bruins took a 4-0 lead, buoyed by three first-period goals in a span of 5:16, but Florida followed with three goals in 5:20 of the second period to make it 4-3 before for Boston to walk away.

“It’s going to happen,” said Bergeron, the Bruins’ captain. “I think we have to realize what it is that makes you go back like that and give up the goals, the rush or the situation. I think, for me, it’s always been about simplifying, and when you play hard instead of playing the Simple play or the easy play, I think that’s when you get caught.”

Connor Clifton he gave Boston a 1–0 lead at 10:51 of the first period when he brought the puck into the zone and spun around the net to pick up his own centered pass that Knight deflected and shot the bar down.

Carlo made it 2-0 at 14:04, coming into the high slot and firing a pass from Marchand to end his 32-game goal drought.

“I feel like there have been a lot of opportunities in the offensive zone for all of us defensemen,” Carlo said. “It’s a matter of, you know, putting it in the back of the net.”

Video: FLA@BOS: Carlo enters play and scores goal

charlie coyle pushed to 3-0 at 16:07, settling a Frederick Trent cross pass in the right faceoff circle and shooting the puck off Knight’s bag into the net.

Pastrnak extended the lead to 4-0 at 1:38 of the second with a power play goal, rebounding Bergeron’s shot from the slot and slipping the puck under Knight’s arm.

“We give them chances, they are going to score,” Verhaeghe said. “They’re a really skilled team, and we give up what we give up, they’re going to make plays and score goals. So I think we need to adjust it a little bit.”

Reinhart cut it to 4-1 at 3:02, hitting the puck past Ullmark on the threshold after picking it up in front of a matt kiersted point shot.

“I think we had strong momentum there in the second,” Kiersted said. “A little push, but I think we gave them a lot. They took us out of the rush a little bit; I think that’s where it hurt.”

eric staal made it 4-2 at 5:42, just once gustav forsling feed from the right circle.

Verhaeghe cut it to 4-3 at 8:22 with a backhand between the legs, but david kreji responded to make it 5-3 at 11:50 after a Hampus Lindholm the redirect hit the post.

“I heard a post and I went back to my side,” Krejci said. “I thought it wasn’t there, so I just put it in. It’s one of those [being] in the right place at the right time.”

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Bergeron put Boston up 6-3 at 8:52 of the third period, scoring on the blocker’s side on a stretch pass from Clifton before scoring a power play goal at 13:18 to make it 7-3.

“I think everyone in our room recognizes that we’re probably not good at 200 feet for 60 minutes,” Montgomery said. “But it seems like we’re going to gush and drift away. It’s not ideal, but you have to be somewhat, I guess, realistic, that you’re going to go through times like this. And if we can learn while we win, it’s better than learning while you lose, but then the losses will come and then we will learn better”.

NOTES: The Panthers have lost five of their last eight games (3-5-0). … Knight made his first start since Dec. 6, a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. … Bergeron and Marchand factored in the same goal three times to bring their total to 392, which marks the second-highest total of Bruins teammates behind Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge (406 times). The only other two active players who account for the same goal 390 times or more are alex ovechkin Y Nicklas Backstrom with Washington Capitals (499 times). … Pastrnak extended his point streak to nine games (7-4 — 11), marking his second nine-game skid of the season (Nov. 7-25). Joined center Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (twice) as the only players with multiple scoring streaks of at least nine games in 2022-23. … Reinhart earned his 400th NHL point.

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