4 takeaways from the Bruins' 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers


Boston lost in the first round a year ago to Ottawa in six games after failing to make the playoffs the two previous seasons.

Instead the next hour or so mushroomed into the most hard moment of his career.

Now a veteran centre, he said there are lessons to be learned from the disaster that saw Toronto become the first team in National Hockey League history to blow a three-goal lead in the third period of a Game 7. They started the season slow because they dealt with injuries including Patrice Bergeron, and were 6-7-4 through the first 17 games of the season. Four Leafs players finished the season with at least 19 power-play points, and three scored at least eight power-play goals.

"I just felt that coming down the stretch here you could start to see us mentally get exhausted", said Cassidy.

At 16:46, Vatrano scored a look-alike tally to Borgstrom's, his seventh of season and fifth for the Panthers.

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"(The 2013 loss) is not something that you necessarily dwell on", van Riemsdyk said after practice on Monday. The former Bruin, traded to the Panthers on February 22 for a third-round draft pick, pried the puck away from Matt Grzelcyk at the Bruins' blue line and nudged it ahead to Borgstrom, who took it down the slot against Adam McQuaid and rifled a wrist shot past Rask's glove.

"But we think we have enough in the room that we have to find a way".

Instead of playing the wild card New Jersey Devils in the first round, Boston faces their Original Six rival in a far more hard series, at least on paper.

If the Bruins get two points - in any way - against the out-of-contention Florida Panthers at TD Garden on Sunday night, Boston wins the Atlantic Division and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation have announced two fundraising initiatives to help support those affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. "(Our) body of work speaks for itself". Four of the five power-play goals came in or around the crease, mostly because of poor clearing attempts. "On Thursday, I believe we will be the 50-win team you saw all year and we are not going to let one game define us. Then execution crept in when we wanted to get the game back more as individuals instead of as a team". "It's a game of inches".

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That's the positive spin given by Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy after a disheartening 4-2 loss to the Panthers at the Garden. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen, who won a franchise-record 38 games, and Rask, who picked up 34, had near identical save percentages (.918 to.917).

"Anxious to get going", Kadri said. "We just have to live with this for a few more days".

"Mitchy might have still been in middle school", he joked, referencing Marner's youthful appearance.

"We didn't deserve to win and that's the reality", Rask said.

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