Boston Bruins saved under 5.5 in the last night's match against NY Rangers with great effort. Goalie of Rangers, Lundquist made stupid mistakes, but players of Bruins, too. Boston made only 20 shots on goal of Rangers, but they scored three times. Goalie of Bruins, Tim Thomas was brilliant with 34 saves, Sv% .944. He has fantastic reflexes and coordination. To know how to play defense Bruins showed last night when they saved their goal in situation 5 on 3 for Rangers, which missed fourth time an opportunity to score in that power play. Bruins also had 3 PP 5 on 4, but they did not score during them. Florida had exhausting match tonight, in victory 3:2 in Atlanta. After an early goal of Trashers, Panthers played stronger in defense and they reversed as a result to 2:1 in the second period. Goalie of Florida, Tomas Vokoun, was excellent last tonight - 37 saves, Sv% .974. Vokoun allowed only three goals on the last three matches, on each one, with 92 saves of 95 shots. Otherwise, Florida Panthers allowed at least goals in Eastern Conference, just like Boston Bruinse in the Western Conference. Florida also missed three power plays on the previous match, and on that way they confirmed that they are the worst team of NHL with power play realization (5.8%). I have already written that Bruins are phenomenal away from home. We expect such outcome at home, too, but it is very hard to expect it tonight, because Panthers are very unpleasant opponent of Bruins. They lost the last two matches in Boston against Florida, and Bruins did not score on those matches, they lost both with only one scored goal - 0:1. But, Bruins won both matches at Florida, 2:1 and 3:2. Even 5 of their last 9 matches ended with shutout - 4 times to benefit for Florida.
Tonight, Bruinsa are still without defender Boychuk and center Krejci, while Florida is without forward Bernier, who is not important for away team. Defender Garrison and forward Bitz could be in the team tonight.
Both teams take care of defense, they both have very good goalies and this match should be under 5.5.
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