Bruins Wrap: Boston’s Flat Second Period Keeps Panthers Undefeated

The Panthers are 7-0

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October 27, 2021

The Florida Panthers remained undefeated, thanks to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

The Panthers improved to 7-0, while Boston dropped to 3-2.

Check out the full box score here.

ONE BIG TAKEAWAY
The Bruins came out firing, and Jack Studnicka found Charlie Coyle to put Boston on the board first. Even when the Panthers potted the equalizer minutes later, it didn’t seem like the Bruins were out of this one as they ended the first period with a 15-5 advantage on shots.

The second period was a totally different story. The Bruins were flat, and they only got two shots off compared to 14 from the Panthers. Only one of those found the back of the net, thanks to a stellar performance from goalie Linus Ullmark. But you can’t win a game without pucks on net, and the Bruins just didn’t have those going after a sharp first frame.

Boston finished with a 31-27 advantage on shots, but that second period made all the difference in this one.

STARS OF THE GAME
— Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots for the Panthers, most of which came during a first-period onslaught. If he wasn’t on his game, the Bruins would have been able to put this one away early.

— Charlie Coyle and Jack Studnicka combined for the lone Bruins goal with 9:23 remaining in the first period. Together, they made accounted for eight of the team’s shots.

— Linus Ullmark finished with 23 saves as the Panthers offense came alive late.

WAGER WATCH
Both David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand entered Wednesday’s clash having collected points in every game thus far, and sportsbooks reflected that the pair are two of the hottest skaters in hockey. But if you made a bet that they wouldn’t continue that streak, you would have come away richer: both players were +180 to score under 0.5 points ($100 wins $180) on DraftKings Sportsbook.

UP NEXT
The Bruins will travel to face the Carolina Hurricanes for the second game of this back-to-back. That game will air on ESPN, but NESN will have you covered when play picks back up in Boston.

The Bruins will host the Panthers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, and you can watch it (and pregame and postgame coverage) live on NESN.

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