The Bruins would be given a chance to get back to their winning ways Tuesday as the club traveled south to the Sunshine State for a two-game Floridian road trip beginning in Sunrise against the Florida Panthers. After a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, the B's would look to right the ship against the Panthers who sat at the bottom of the Atlantic Division entering the night.
Breaking the Ice
Even with a power play opportunity a piece during the first 20 minutes of play, neither Boston nor Florida was able to register a goal. Florida out-shot Boston 13-6 in the frame.
Just 4:21 into the second period Florida would break the tie with a goal from Mike Hoffman off a broken play between Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Huberdeau that eventually resulted in an easy tap in from Hoffman inside the crease.
Padding the Score
Florida would strike for a second time in the period when Mike Matheson bolted down the right wall, beating Jaroslav Halak far-side under the blocker arm. Matheson, being a left shot racing down the right wall, had a large area to shoot from with his stick towards the center of the zone, allowing him to pick a spot to fire home his shot on Halak.
The Panthers wouldn't stop there. Just 2:01 later, Huberdeau would extend the lead to three, sneaking a shot through Halak. In the final five seconds of the period, Hoffman would add his second of the night to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead heading into the third period.
More of the Same
Evgeni Dadonov would add a fifth goal on the Bruins' third penalty of the third period, giving the Panthers a 5-0 dominating lead that would hold up for the duration of the period.
The Panthers would cruise to a 5-0 lead over a Bruins squad that looked out of place and out of sync for the majority of the evening.
Boston heads to Tampa Bay to close out its short road trip against the Lightning. Puck drop is set for Thursday, December 6th at 7:30.
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