Panthers’ offense explodes, keep alive in collection with Recreation 6 win over Bruins

Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, Eetu Luostarinen put Florida forward to stick with 5:38 left in what was a crazed third interval, and the Panthers pressured a Recreation 7 of their Japanese Convention first-round collection by beating the Boston Bruins 7-5 on Friday night time.

Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Montour, Zac Dalpe and Sam Reinhart additionally scored for the Panthers, who acquired 30 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky. Reinhart capped it with an empty-netter with 28 seconds left — the seventh and closing aim of the third interval, 4 of these scores by Florida.

Tyler Bertuzzi and David Pastrnak every scored twice for Boston, which acquired 4 assists from Brad Marchand and 26 saves from Linus Ullmark. Jake DeBrusk additionally scored for the Bruins.


Panthers celebrate goal

Teammates congratulate Brandon Montour #62 of the Florida Panthers after he scored a primary interval aim in opposition to the Boston Bruins in Recreation Six of the First Spherical of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs on the FLA Reside Enviornment on April 28, 2023 in Dawn, Florida. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Pictures)

The workforce with the most effective regular-season document in NHL historical past took one-goal leads on two separate events within the third interval — and couldn’t maintain both of them. Now, they face a Recreation 7 on Sunday simply to get into the second spherical in opposition to a Florida workforce that has already staved off elimination twice.

Not even three power-play objectives and one short-handed tally was sufficient to provide Boston a win, both.

The sport began alongside the precise sequence that Recreation 5 in Boston did on Wednesday night time: Florida took a 1-0 lead, Boston tied it, Florida took a 2-1 lead, Boston tied it, Florida took a 3-2 lead, Boston tied it.

Evidently, that’s when the groups determined a repeat efficiency was boring.

They mixed for 4 objectives in a span of 6:56 — this time, with the Panthers answering the Bruins.


Boston went up 4-3 on a power-play rating from Pastrnak, Dalpe tied it for Florida, DeBrusk scored short-handed for a 5-4 lead, and Tkachuk acquired his second of the night time 27 seconds later to tie it once more.

And fewer than 4 minutes later, Luostarinen made it 6-5 — the Panthers again on high with 5:38 left, a sellout crowd in Dawn waiving white towels in unison. Boston pulled Ullmark twice with hopes of netting the equalizer, had beauty at it within the closing minute, however Bobrovsky and Florida’s protection held on and Reinhart banged a puck off the boards, down the ice and into the online to seal the win.


Bruins celebrate goal

Boston Bruins ahead David Pastrnak (88) celebrates a aim within the second interval with teammates throughout recreation six of  the primary spherical of the Japanese Convention Playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Florida Panthers on Friday, April 28, 2023 at FLA Reside Enviornment in Dawn, Fla  (Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Pictures)

It was captain Patrice Bergeron’s 1,463rd recreation with the Bruins, together with the playoffs. That’s one behind New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur for Thirteenth-most with one franchise. … Florida ahead Ryan Lomberg (higher physique) missed his second consecutive recreation. … Bruins C David Krejci (37) and D Connor Clifton (28) had birthdays on Friday. Boston was 1-1 in Krejci’s earlier birthday video games, beating Tampa Bay in 2018 and shedding to Ottawa in 2013. The Bruins shut out Buffalo on Clifton’s birthday final 12 months.



The most important play of the night time may need been made by somebody on the Panthers’ workers armed with an iPad.

The Bruins appeared to take a 3-2 lead with 11:32 left within the second interval on a aim by Brandon Carlo — besides the play ought to have been whistled lifeless 10 seconds earlier. However Florida took a fast look and challenged the aim by claiming DeBrusk had been responsible of a hand move to Bergeron within the nook to Bobrovsky’s left earlier within the play.

Officers ultimately agreed, taking the aim off the board. Barkov scored for a 3-2 Florida lead about two minutes later.

Matthew Tkachuk celebrates goal

Florida Panthers middle Nick Cousins (21) celebrates the aim by left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) within the first interval in opposition to the Boston Bruins in recreation six of the primary spherical of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at FLA Reside Enviornment.  (Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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It was the fifth time in Bruins’ historical past that they’d not less than three power-play objectives and one short-handed rating in a playoff recreation. Of the sooner 4, two got here in 1976, one in 1970 and the opposite in 1958.

Peter Johnson