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Panthers roar back to beat Bruins 6-1 in Game 2
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Panthers roar back to beat Bruins 6-1 in Game 2

The Florida Panthers answered the bell in a big way with a dominant 6-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 2.

As expected, the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their first-round series ran out of adrenaline, and the Boston Bruins came down to earth in the second period after leading 1-0 at the first intermission . The Bruins were outscored 26-9 and outscored 6-0 in the final two periods, and this second-round series between these two Atlantic Division rivals now heads back to Boston with the scores tied at one game apiece.

Panthers captain Sasha Barkov had two goals and two assists; forward Sam Reinhart had four assists and defenseman Brandon Montour finished with a goal and two assists. Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 13 of the Bruins’ 14 shots.

Forward Charlie Coyle had the lone goal for the Bruins. Jeremy Swayman allowed four goals on 23 shots before being pulled and replaced by Linus Ullmark, who allowed two goals on 10 shots.

Here’s your Boston Hockey Now Bruins postgame:

CLUTCH: Florida Panthers fans and some in the NHL consider him the next Patrice Bergeron, and in Game 2, Panthers captain Sasha Barkov showed everyone why. Barkov was his usual game master at 60 yards and was the best player on the ice. The 28-year-old Selke Trophy Finalist had two goals, two assists, four shots and nine hits. He also went 8-3 on the faceoff. Bruins fans may not want to admit it, but if Bergeron isn’t there, Barkov already has at least three Selke Trophies.

DOGHOUSE: This puck writer was and still is a huge fan of Charlie McAvoy. Not because I cheer for the Bruins or am a fanboy, but because I love hockey, and McAvoy is a great hockey player. I like to compare him to his childhood idol, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, and my Eye Test co-host Pierre McGuire thinks McAvoy has a lot of Hall of Famer Chris Chelios in him. The potential is there, but right now McAvoy’s play is far from that of those legendary defenders. McAvoy, for whatever reason, has decided to just do what he wants, when he wants. The 26-year-old alternate captain is going for hits when he should be going for the puck, and he has lost the signature structure of his signature physical two-way game. McAvoy was a minus 2 with three turnovers and needs to find his game quickly if the Bruins want to upset the Panthers in this series.

BANGER: The Bruins (70) and Panthers (76) combined for 140 hits in Game 2. Barkov led all skaters with nine hits, and Bruins captain Bard Marchand led the Bruins with eight.

UNSUNSHINED HERO: Some may call me a homer or a fool, and for those who do, you’re not reading me if you call me the former, but I admit the latter. That said, my unsung hero, despite getting no points and no shots, Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak is the unsung hero. Pastrnak coming up against Matthew Tkachuk, who got under the Bruins’ collective skin, was exactly what this team needed after a blowout loss. At what point will too many people in Boston stop calling him soft? He proved you wrong again.

Series schedule:

Game 1: Bruins 5 Panthers 1
Game 2: Panthers 6 Bruins 1
Game 3: Panthers at Bruins β€” May 10, 7:00 PM ET (TNT, MAX, truTV, SN, CBC, TVAS)
Game 4: Panthers at Bruins β€” May 12, 6:30 PM ET (TBS, MAX, truTV, SN, TVAS)
Game 5: Bruins at Panthers β€” May 14 TBA
+ Game 6: Panthers at Bruins – May 17, TBA
+ Game 7: Bruins at Panthers β€” May 19 TBA

Boston Bruins lineup

Come on

Brad Marchand – Charlie Coyle – Jake DeBrusk

Pavel Zacha – Morgan Geekie – David Pastrnak

James van Riemsdyk – Trent Frederic – Justin Brazeau

John Beecher – Jesper Boqvist – Pat Maroon

Defenders

Mason Lohrei – Charlie McAvoy

Hampus Lindholm – Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort – Parker Wotherspoon

Goalkeepers

Jeremy Swayman

Linus Ullmark