NHL Game Summary - Boston at Florida|
(Saturday, December 6th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Florida 0
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez logged his first shutout of
the season and 15th of his career in stopping 27 shots as the Boston Bruins
blanked the Florida Panthers, 4-0, at BankAtlantic Center.
Phil Kessel, Michael Ryder, Shane Hnidy and Blake Wheeler each found the back
of the net for Boston, which notched its fourth straight win and eighth in its
last nine games. David Krejci registered three assists. Fernandez improved to
8-1-1 on the season.
"For myself, I could care less (about first shutout of the season). I really
wanted to get the win tonight," Fernandez said. "They (Panthers) are a team
that's been on a roll of their own. For us to come in and really fight this
and make sure we keep our game (plan) throughout this thing was really tough
but we managed to do it."
The Bruins improved to 9-3-3 on the road this year with their lone setback in
their last nine games coming in a road test versus Buffalo on November 26.
The Panthers had their three-game winning streak stopped with the loss with
Craig Anderson allowing three goals on 27 shots before being pulled in favor
of regular starter Tomas Vokoun, who gave up the fourth goal and made four
Anderson has started each of Florida's last five games, going 3-2 over that
stretch, keeping Vokoun on the bench until Saturday. Florida is now 6-4-2 at
home and begins a five-game road trip in Ottawa on Monday.
"They (Bruins) play their system well. They do a good job collapsing,"
Panthers center Stephen Weiss said. "They've got five guys in front of the net
so it's tough to get pucks through. They're just a good hockey club. It was a
good test for us, to see where we're at -- just got to make sure we regroup
and not sag."
A sensational individual effort from Ryder allowed Boston to take a 1-0 lead
just shy of the midway point of the first. Boston broke out of its own end
with Ryder taking a pass just inside the Florida zone. He cut toward the right
circle from the boards and slid the puck through one defender's legs before
snapping a rising shot that beat Anderson while a second defender was draped
on top of him.
Fernandez stoned the Panthers' on their nine first-period shots.
Kessel gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead just 2:44 into the second with a power-play
tally. Skating into the left circle from the point, he positioned his hard
wrister to be screened as the disc sailed clear of a host of bodies to find
Fernandez was again up to the task, stopping all 11 second-period shots from
Hnidy's shot from the right point sailed past an out of position Anderson just
2:21 into the third to provide a three-goal cushion and bring on Vokoun, who
allowed Wheeler's ninth of the year with 6:24 remaining.
The win was Boston's fourth in six games against Florida, but it has still
dropped eight of its last 12 versus the Panthers overall...Boston has now
won three straight in Florida...The Bruins now sit atop the Eastern Conference
with 40 points, two more than the New York Rangers with Boston having played
in three fewer games to date...Kessel, who has scored six times in his last
five games, owns the NHL's longest active point streak at 11 games. He has
nine goals and five assists over that run. Krejci, meanwhile, has five goals
and nine helpers over an eight-game streak of his own...Boston hosts Tampa Bay
12/07 00:08:26 ET