Usually if the Bruins don't play 60 minutes, they find a way to lose. This time was different. 57 minutes of great play by the Boston Bruins was good enough to win this game. The other 3 minutes sure were scary, but as we all know, a win is a win.
In the middle of the first period, Jeremy Reich got things heated up again
. Jeremy Reich badly beat up Garth Murray. The rest of the Bruins immediately responded. On the Power Play thirty seconds later, Marco Sturm passed the puck across the ice right in front of the goal to Zdeno Chara, who managed to sneak in behind the net. Chara then easily tipped in the puck.
39 seconds into the second period, Glen Metropolit put a rebound from an Aaron Ward drive into the net, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Panther defensmen Steve Montador answered on the power play with a drive getting by Thomas. Late in the same period, Zdeno Chara had drive of his own go in on the power play and the Bruins were up 3-1.
Early in the third period, Phil Kessel shot one off the post and in, giving hte Bruins a 3 goal lead. Florida got two lucky goals in the last three minutes, but Tim Thomas's diving save allowed the Bruins to hold on to the win.