For the Bruins, it was a perfect enough Florida visit that the local chamber of commerce could use it for a promotional pitch.
Come on down, you Bostonians, and enjoy the sunshine, the beaches, the bikinis and the nightlife. Leave with a little tan, some fun memories — and a pair of solid victories.
The Bruins will fly north this morning having gotten the most out of their sojourn to warm, sunny Florida, where they capped a fairly rare sweep yesterday with a 4-1 victory over the Panthers that wasn’t as close as the score suggests.
“We’ve had our fair share of tough times here in Florida, always unable to sweep here on a lot of occasions,” said coach Claude Julien, whose B’s also won Thursday at Tampa Bay. “It was a tough two games for us, but it’s nice to come out on the winning side.”
The overall theme of the day: This was a very solid win by the Bruins, who are off to their finest start in 36 years. Even though the Panthers kept working hard to the end, this one at times had the feel of a men-against-boys contest — with the B’s seemingly in control all over the rink most of the day.
That was the big picture. There was also a bundle of sub-themes, including:
• The Bruins getting goals from Milan Lucic (No. 4), Zdeno Chara (3), Chris Kelly (1) and an empty-netter by Daniel Paille (3). Remarkably, that final score with 1:37 left gave the B’s their first three-goal lead of the season. For a team that’s 11-2-2, that’s one odd stat.
• Chara’s goal was an instant classic, a Play of the Day candidate, a move we’ll be seeing on highlight films for years to come.
• Kelly’s goal was as lucky as they get — and very overdue for the hard-working center.
• The Bruins penalty-killing unit again played a pivotal role, killing four minutes in penalties called on Lucic late in the second period — after a disputed non-call moments earlier.
Life’s a beach as B’s finish Fla. sweep
Boston Herald | Feb 25