The Boston Bruins yet again, without Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, proved that they are a team to be reckoned with and dominated Florida Panthers in Game 4. The Bruins won with a comfortable score of 6-2, making it two back-to-back wins in Florida. It is also worth noting that Boston lost twice in this very building during the regular season.
Taylor Hall, the former MVP, led the Bruins with two goals in Game 4, while Jake DeBrusk added another brace. Tyler Bertuzzi and Brad Marchand both contributed to the scoring as well. Linus Ullmark had a fantastic game in net and made 41 saves on 43 shots.
The Bruins now have a 3-1 series lead and are in a good position to eliminate the Panthers on Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Panthers will need to bring their A-game if they want to extend the series.
Here are some takeaways from the Bruins-Panthers Game 4:
1) The B’s Special Teams Dominance
Boston’s special teams have been on point this series. They scored twice on the power play in Game 4 – once in the first period and again in the second frame. On the penalty kill, the B’s allowed no goals and dismantled the Panthers’ penalty kill by scoring four goals on just 13 power-play opportunities in four games.
2) Jake DeBrusk’s Contributions
Jake DeBrusk, who completed his best regular season with the Bruins, has continued his success in the playoffs. The 26-year-old right wing provided valuable scoring depth for the Bruins by scoring his 3rd goal of the playoffs on a power-play tally in the second period.
3) Aleksander Barkov’s Performance
Barkov, the Panthers’ captain and No. 1 center, has not performed well in this series. He has zero goals and two assists, while his line is getting heavily dominated by the Bruins. The Panthers cannot advance if Barkov does not find his groove and lead his team as he did during the regular season.
In conclusion, the Bruins are in a commanding position in this series, and it looks like the Panthers are on the brink of elimination. The Bruins’ special teams prowess and DeBrusk’s scoring ability have been crucial in the playoffs. The Panthers need to muster a response in Game 5 to avoid elimination.