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Friday, March 1, 2024

‘Nervous’ Bruins do enough, top Panthers to lead series

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Boston – The Boston Bruins Finished the NHL regular season with loads of confidence, setting records for wins and points in the standings. but in game 1 of their series Florida Panthers Monday night, the Bruins acknowledged they had a 3-1 win,

“Definitely. I think everyone was nervous. I was nervous. I’m sure a lot of people were. This is what we’ve been building for all year,” the winger said Brad Marchand, who had a goal in the victory. “It’s normal for the boys to feel like that. But it’s also the nervous excitement. It’s a chance for us to reflect on what we’ve done all year and trust the process.”

Coach Jim Montgomery liked the team’s first six minutes against Florida, but “the intensity of the playoffs surprised us a little bit” after that.

He said, ‘I think we were a little nervous.

Boston takes a 1-0 lead David PastrnakPower-play goal at 5:58 of the first period. It remained that way until Marchand made it 2–0 at 3:41 of the second period. but Florida’s Matthew Tkachuk Answered that goal just three minutes later, making the lead 2-1.

“They’re a good team. We knew they were going to play hard and they did. When we started turning over pucks a lot in the neutral zone and at the top of circles in the second period, we got away from our game,” Marchand said.

winger Jake DeBrusk calmed things down when he scored an unusual goal at 17:32 of the second period, holding the goalkeeper loose Alex LyonK pad and net.

He said, “I just saw the puck on his pads. I tried to dive to get it, but I thought if I hit his pads it would be goalkeeper interference, so I tried to avoid it.”

goaltender Linus UlmarkIn what was a game-time decision due to illness and injury, he led the way with 31 saves.

“It was cool. You know, we just got 15 more,” Ulmark said.

Montgomery wants to see a better effort from his goalie.

“When we look at our 5-on-5 game, we are not happy with our process. The result comes from the fact that we had some players play really well, especially our goalkeeper,” he said.

The Bruins were without a captain Patrice Bergeron, which was a game-time decision, but did not come out for warmups. Whether his absence was due to an illness or a lingering injury going through the Bruins’ dressing room, he didn’t play in Game 1 — but his presence was felt.

“He was around all day and talked to us before the game. He’s such a presence. You could tell he couldn’t wait to get out there,” DeBrusk said. “Seeing him around gives you a boost. We want to do this for him. That was a main goal at the beginning of the year. We got off on the right foot tonight. But it’s really early.”

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.

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