SUNRISE, FL – Given the significant changes to their NHL roster headed into this season, the Boston Bruins were more than a little curious to see how they stacked up against two of the NHL’s hottest teams, the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes, on the road this week.
As they say, be careful what you ask for.
After the first game it certainly looks like the B’s have some work to do with a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Wednesday night. The Bruins started off well with a 1-0 lead and outshot the Panthers by a 15-5 margin in the first period, but the final 45 minutes of the game tilted noticeably toward Florida once they really got their game going.
“All of the things we did well in the first period, specifically manage the puck against a good offensive team, we did the exact opposite in the second. It started right away. It snowballed in the second period and that’s where it got away from us,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “Below the goal line breakouts, we got pinned in our own end, forced some plays, mismanaged some pucks and on the power play our skill guys on their backhand basically turning pucks over. Then we got line changes and chasing the game, and that’s where it got away from us.
“They finished a little better and they got a little bit better goaltender, however you want to break it down. They ended up being a little better in a pretty tight game.”