By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins entered the All-Star break on a positive note, holding off a third-period Florida rally and defeating the Panthers, 2-1, on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
The Panthers cut the Bruins 2-0 lead to 2-1 midway through the third, thanks to Bryan Allens slapper from the top of the left circle that beat Tim Thomas top shelf, but the Bs were still able to hold on for the win.
Brad Marchand put the Bs up 1-0 with 6:29 left in the first period, after his wraparound from the left post just barely cleared the goal line. The play was reviewed, but it didnt take more than one aerial replay to show that after Marchand got Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun to commit to a fake shot at the left post, his behind-the-net wrap-around to the right post did in fact cross the line before Vokoun dove back with his arms to pull the puck under his glove.
Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the second period, after he sniped the top-right corner with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. David Krejci won the face off cleanly back to Lucic, and his quick wrister found the back of the net.Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.