On Tuesday night the Boston Bruins looked to get out of their 2-week-long, 1-4-2 slump. A tough overtime loss to Philly was followed by a 2-5 drubbing by Western Conference leader San Jose. A rough 1-3-1 road trip, including two tough losses in Florida. Boston took full advantage of an opportunity to get a bit of revenge on the Panthers.
The Bruins came out firing on all cylinders, getting on the board after just 48 seconds with an unassisted Patrice Bergeron goal. Mark Stuart put in a Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler assist to give the B’s an early 2-0 lead. Despite a Kamil Kreps goal later in the first, the Panthers would never manage to hold a lead.
Rookie Byron Bitz scored two consecutive goals late in the 2nd and early in the 3rd. Bitz was playing in his 20th career game for the black and gold, and got the crowd fired up. “Couple times in college—but 20,000 people’s different than 4,000, so it was pretty cool” Bitz told the AP. Though he missed the hat trick, Bitz enjoyed his success on the ice. “It would have been nice if it worked out but it?s not that big a deal”.
Aaron Ward and Michael Ryder each added a goal to put the game way out of reach for Florida. The Bruins will host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at 7:00pm.
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