Bruins 1 – Panthers 6 | The Bruins stifled by the Panthers

The Boston Bruins are playing patience on the ice. They stay in a pack and wait for the opponent’s mistakes before counterattacking.

The Panthers, on the other hand, are not waiting for permission to practice an aggressive forecheck. We don’t complicate our lives. We send the puck to the back of the zone and chase it. This is their state of being.

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Boston won the first round on Monday. Florida tied this second-round series Wednesday night at home by staying true to their ways. They scored three of their first four goals by pressuring Bruins defenders deep in their territory. Their 6-1 victory, after a 5-1 defeat, was clear.

We even managed the feat of chasing goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman, who had been in a state of grace since the start of the playoffs. You don’t beat Swayman by being clever.


Brandon Montour (62) celebrates his goal in the third period in front of his team’s number one enemy, Brad Marchand (63).

From the first moments of the meeting, Matthew Tkachuk hit his shield to show him that he would not be allowed to work at his ease. The Bruins goaltender has not lost his concentration, however.

But the Panthers continued to place a man at the edge of the net, we deflected shots or grabbed return shots. Defender Gustav Forsling thwarted him with a shot from the blue line at the end of the second period, a cruel goal with two seconds left in the period, but this time, it was a Boston defender, Charlie McAvoy, who blocked Swayman’s view. McAvoy had a rare tough game.

Swayman had never started seven games in a row. By removing him from the game after Florida’s fourth goal, while making sure to give him words (most likely comforting) when he arrived at the bench, Jim Montgomery either wanted to give him a period of rest before the next game , or allow Linus Ullmark to shake off a little rust before starting the next one.

The Panthers’ man of big chances, captain Aleksander Barkov, dominating defensively and offensively, had a great game with four points. Defender Aaron Ekblad, terrible in the first meeting, played a strong match.


Alexander Barkov

Boston, however, reacted well to the sustained forecheck of the Panthers in the first portion of the match, thanks to constant support from the attackers, disciplined in withdrawal, and even took the opportunity to take a 1-0 lead. Did the fatigue from a grueling series against Toronto start to make itself felt as the game progressed? Or was this a poor way to respond to the Panthers’ timely line changes at a certain point in the game?

Things got worse in the third period. We even saw David Pastrnak, although not known for his pugilistic talents, engage in combat with the pest Matthew Tkachuk. Some will evoke it as a proof of character and a way of prepare the next match. Can we instead just talk about… frustration?


The puck pierces Jeremy Swayman’s wall in the second period.

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery praised the Panthers’ execution in the second game. Boston won the first meeting by winning the battle of execution in its own style of play. Florida executed plays well in its own way on Wednesday.

Montgomery must return to the table before the next meeting to find the strategy to allow his defenders to better escape from the Panthers’ forecheck, which has damned so many teams before them for two years…


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