The Boston Bruins rode momentum into the Eastern Conference semifinals and came away with a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 1 on Monday night at Amerant Bank Arena.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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The Bruins perhaps had their best period of the postseason in the second frame against the Panthers. And it started by surrendering a goal to Matthew Tkachuk midway through the period.

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But the Bruins didn’t just drum up an answer like they did in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They roared back.

Boston leveled the score just 1:07 after Tkachuk’s tally by taking advantage of a Florida turnover and then took the lead over three minutes later on a sensational goal from Mason Lohrei. Brandon Carlo, who was a late arrival to the arena as he stayed behind for the birth of his son Monday morning, added a third goal with 21 seconds left in the stanza to give the Bruins three tallies in the final 7:08 of the period.

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No one would have blamed the Bruins for coming up short in Game 1. It was a quick turnaround from a nail-biting overtime win over Toronto that had to zap a good deal of Boston’s energy.

But the Bruins didn’t let that be an excuse and served up a mighty response in which their mettle shone bright on the road.

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— Lohrei scored a goal that he certainly will want to put on his highlight reel. The 23-year-old continued his coming out party by sniping a shot top shelf to beat Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for a 2-1 lead with 3:43 left in the second period. Lohrei also added an assist on Justin Brazeau’s third-period goal.

— Morgan Geekie delivered the game-tying goal for the Bruins. He pounced on a loose puck out in front to start the stretch of five unanswered goals.

— Jeremy Swayman isn’t just the hot goalie, he’s on fire. Swayman turned in another stellar performance, stopping 38-of-39 shots to pick up his fifth win of the postseason. He denied Florida’s comeback bid by making 16 saves in the third period.

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The Bruins and Panthers take the ice for Game 2 on Wednesday. Puck drop from Amerant Bank Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. An hour of pre- and postgame coverage can be found on NESN+.

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