GOLD STAR: Milan Lucic was a beast for the entire game. Two goals to snap a 1-for-14 skid and six generated shot attempts while pacing a forward group that mustered up seven points in the one-sided win over the Panthers. He was seemingly involved in a perpetual wrestling match with overwhelmed Florida defenseman throughout the game, and had a pair of goals where collected rebounds for his efforts. He also drove Tim Thomas to distraction while battling Dmitry Kulikov in front of the net, and that allowed Zdeno Chara’s point shot to bounce off Tim Thomas’ glove and helmet before resting in the back of the net. Lucic was a dominant force for the Black and Gold.
BLACK EYE: Brian Campbell with a minus-4 for the Florida Panthers in 23:30 of ice time, and not much else despite soaking up the biggest ice time allotment for the Panthers. He did block a single shot, but it’s hard to not factor into any more of the game when you played so much of it – unless you’re a veteran player that essentially went into cruise control once Florida was far out of the playoff race. Campbell is playing a ton of minutes in Florida to earn his hefty paycheck, but he’s also staying out of the fray for the most part. He’s having a decent season, so perhaps he just wasn’t feeling it tonight.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins seized control of the game in the first period by potting a pair of goals, and outshooting an out-gunned group of Panthers players by a 19-8 margin. The game was a little more even as the Bruins had a lull in the second period, but they still added two more goals against a Florida team that couldn’t shoot their way out of a paper bag. Against a better team Boston’s second period snooze button attack might have been a little more costly, but instead the Bruins scored two more in the third period to clinch the victory.
HONORABLE MENTION: What a weird night for David Krejci, who finished with three points and a game-high plus-5 rating with his goal arriving unassisted in the closing minutes of the game. Krejci did all this with three shot attempts in 16:59 of ice time, and while losing 7-of-20 face-offs against a Florida group of centers that really battled in the face-off circle. It wasn’t a dominant game by Krejci by any means, but it was clear it was going to be his night when he over-skated a Jarome Iginla drop pass in the first period that somehow turned into a Milan Lucic goal almost immediately afterward.
BY THE NUMBERS: 18-6 – the number of goals they’ve outscored their opponents in the last three games while pounding the Flyers, Islanders and Panthers like the weak Eastern Conference sisters that they are.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “I think I might’ve enjoyed myself watching the State of the Union more. No, probably not.” –Tim Thomas, after giving up a season-high six goals to the Bruins on the same night President Barack Obama was planning his State of the Union Address.