Boston Bruins: 4 Takeaways from Their 4-1 Win over the Florida Panthers

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Boston Bruins: 4 Takeaways from Their 4-1 Win over the Florida Panthers
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Goaltender Tuukka Rask garnered first-star accolades Thursday night upon shutting the door on the Florida Panthers and stamping a 4-1 victory for the Boston Bruins.

The mere fact that Rask only let in one goal after Boston went up 2-0 was newsworthy, considering what happened in Boston’s last three losses. But his skating mates finished Florida off in ideal fashion as well.

After repelling 11 shots in each of the first two periods, Rask had seven challenges to answer in the closing frame, five of which came from distances of 51, 63, 35, 90 and 51 feet.

Meanwhile, the Bruins charged up a pair of insurance goals. One of those, an empty-netter, was star Patrice Bergeron’s second of the game, a symbolic dagger by the game-winning striker who also trumped all of his peers at the faceoff dot with 18 wins on 23 draws.

For Rask, who is now 14-2-3 on the year with a 1.91 GAA and .930 save percentage, a performance like Thursday's is standard at this point. Same story with the leading point-getter Bergeron, who also tops Boston’s chart with 16 assists and a plus-20 rating.

Besides those two continuing to play as expected, here are some other key developments in a less-than-impeccable, but more conventional effort by the Spoked Bs.

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