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Bruins pound Panthers 8-0

Dec 23, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

Jose Theodore, Brad Marchand AP

Back-to-back games aren’t easy, but winning one against a rested, roaring Boston Bruins team seems next to impossible. The Florida Panthers found that out the hard way Friday night as Boston handed them a brutal 8-0 loss.

Brad Marchand continues to show that his playoff performances weren’t a fluke. He scored a hat trick and two assists to stand out among a series of standout producers. Marchand now has 15 goals and 29 points in 33 games this season.

There were only two Panthers who didn’t have negative plus/minus ratings tonight: Erik Gudbranson (15:42 of ice time) and Matt Bradley (17:15 TOI). Jose Theodore allowed four goals in one period and Scott Clemmensen allowed four in the final two frames.

It was an ugly performance, but the Panthers have some reasons to shake it off. Again, this was the tail-end of a back-to-back game and Florida faced three games in just four nights.

The best reason not to worry is that they faced the buzz saw known as the Bruins, though. They’ve been the best team in the NHL since shaking off the haze of a Stanley Cup hangover.


  1. blomfeld - Dec 24, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    The Bruins seriously look good … and I can assure you guys that Canuck Nation here in Vancouver is feeling somewhat “queasy” about that …

    • tommygun1997 - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      yes they do… very well balanced in every phase.. it all starts with Timmy Thomas!

      • 8man - Dec 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM

        Here’s the funny thing…Rask was in goal last night.

      • blomfeld - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM


        tommygun1997 and friends … this afternoon at our store, I talked with a customer who was apparently the “only” person here in Canucks Nation to have held the Stanley Cup back on June 15th of this year ! … this guy owned some digital “multi-media” techno company (ie: it’s all Martian to me) and they had passes to the Bruins locker room “post-game” along with only two other Vancouver-based media outlets … this guy said that Tim Thomas was a great guy and the “real deal” etc … he also said that the Bruins left straight from GM Place for the Westin Bayshore Hotel to collect their things and then bolted for the airport … this guy said that despite he being a Canucks fan himself, the highlight for him was a photo-op of he and Tim Thomas holding the Stanley Cup together … it was a very interesting conversation for me …

  2. 8man - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    In the 34 years I have been following the Bruins, I can’t recall another time when they played this well. 20-2-1 in their last 23.

    Six in a row now and they have outscored their opposition 30-7. Fourteen different players picked up points last night. I. Am. In. Awe.

    • ballistictrajectory - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      They haven’t looked this good since 69-72.

      • koyoteken - Dec 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        Agree. Not since Bobby O. used to skate rings around the rest of the NHL. Never seen a Bruins team this packed with talent up and down the lineup. Seems like someone produces every night.

      • blomfeld - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM

        Besides being my favorite player of all time, Bobby Orr epitomizes a “quality” human being in the game of hockey like no other !

    • danphipps01 - Dec 24, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      No kidding. Bobby’s pure, undiluted star power combined with no shortage of extremely talented players all over the ice being still further amplified by his baffling, superhuman level of play resulted in a team almost impossible to beat.

      Now? Well, it would be a nice story if Chara were that guy for this team, but we all know who it really is – Tim Thomas. With his near-invincibility in net, the rest of the team, skilled enough to begin with, plays inspired hockey. They have pretty much nothing to worry about. They never have to wonder if it’ll all implode on a goal off a bad giveaway. The reason they’re flying out there is because they’re not under pressure to watch their backs. Thomas has ’em.

  3. obsolete777 - Dec 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    I’d love to see a Blackhawks-Bruins final…

    • danphipps01 - Dec 25, 2011 at 4:10 AM

      I’m liking the Wings as a candidate, too, but yeah, Hawks-Bruins would be awesome. Pretty much the best collection of young stars in the game facing off in that battle. It would be amazing.

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