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Florida Panthers dug too deep a hole in Game 5 against Bruins


SUNRISE – The Florida Panthers strayed too far from their usual style in their 2-1 Game 5 loss to the Boston Bruins.

They made too many sloppy passes, they weren’t aggressive on the forecheck, and Boston pounced on the first chance they got to take control of the first period and cut their series deficit to 3-2.

Game 6 is Friday in Boston from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The start time should be announced today.

Morgan Geekie took the opportunity and buried a slick backhand shot past Sergei Bobrovsky 4:49 into the game, and the Panthers were under siege from then on.

“They were very fast and I thought we were trying to move the puck in a certain way that didn’t suit our style of play,” the coach said. Paul Maurice said. “They had a good first period.”

Boston led 13-4 in shots, 5-4 in scoring chances and didn’t let the Panthers generate a single scoring opportunity in the first period.

And they had to keep chasing the game in the second period as well.

“It was the beginning,” Sam Reinhart said. “They were quicker on the puck than us. In the second inning we were able to find our game, but we couldn’t capitalize on some of our opportunities.”

Reinhart found the answer at 6:23 of the second period, nailing a rebound to tie the game.

But Boston found the answer a few minutes later and the Panthers were right back in the chase of the game.

Charlie McAvoy ripped a shot from the point that beat Bobrovsky and Maurice challenged it in vain due to goalkeeper interference.

Danton Heiden was in the crease and made light contact with Bobrovsky during the play, but he could have been helped by him Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

The pronounciation?

That there was simply no interference from the goalkeeper in the game. No other explanation.

But he wanted to at least try.

“I thought it was just a bump,” Maurice said. “There is a difference between the clean shot and the rebound shot. Those are two different situations. It was a clean shot and I thought it was enough that he was in the crease to keep Bob from sitting down.

“I don’t mind if I’m wrong about looking at something like that because I still have to be involved.”

Ultimately, that call didn’t undo the Panthers on Tuesday night.

They had several golden chances to bury the equalizer, but they couldn’t hack it.

Florida had four chances on the power play and came up with zero.

The two power play opportunities they had in the third period seemed to be fruitless.

“We just have to simplify it,” Reinhart said. “This way we are less looking for the perfect game. We have to be a little faster, a little more decisive with the puck and then everything will be fine.”

For the most in-depth coverage of the Florida Panthers:

  • When: Friday, to be determined
  • Where: Boston Garden
  • National television: ESPN or TNT/TBS
  • Streaming: ESPN+/Hulu or HBO Max
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (West Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); WCZR 101.7-FM (Treasure Coast); SiriusXM
  • Panthers radio streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL App
  • Series Schedule — Game 1: Bruins 5, Panthers 1; Game 2: Panthers 6, Bruins 1;Game 3: Panthers 6, Bruins 2; Game 4: Panthers 3, Bruins 2; Game 5: Tuesday in Florida; Game 6: Friday in Boston, TBA; Game 7*: Sunday, May 19 in Florida to be determined.
  • – If necessary How they got here:
  • Florida d. Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1; Boston d. Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Last season vs. Boston — Regular Season: Draw 2-2; Playoffs:
  • Florida won 4-3 (first round) This season (Bruins 4-0) — In Boston: Bruins 3, Panthers 2 OT (October 30);Bruins 3, Panthers 2 OT (April 6) . In Florida:Bruins 3, Panthers 1 (November 22) ;Bruins 4, Panthers 3 (March 26)
  • . All-time regular season series:
  • Boston leads 64-37-7, 6 ties All-time Postseason Series:

Florida leads 2-0 (1996, 2023, 1)

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