Bruins see playoff rematch against Panthers as ‘not 1 of 82’

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins are preparing to face the Florida Panthers at TD Garden in a highly anticipated matchup, following the Panthers’ victory over them in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round last season. Although the memory of that defeat still lingers, the Bruins are determined to make a statement in this game (7 p.m. ET; BSFL, NESN, TVAS2).

“This game is not just another regular season game,” said Boston coach Jim Montgomery. “The Panthers ended our season and went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final. We had a tough summer waiting for their run to end. So, yes, this game means a lot to us.”

After a record-breaking regular season with 65 wins and 135 points, the Bruins believed they had what it took to win the Stanley Cup. However, their dreams were shattered when they were eliminated in the first round. The disappointment has fueled their motivation to come back stronger this year.

“There’s definitely an extra level of motivation for this game,” said forward Trent Frederic. “We’re going to come out with more energy than a typical Monday night game. I’m personally excited about it, and I know all the guys who experienced last season’s loss feel the same way.”

While the Panthers had a slow start to this season with a 0-2-2 record, they have rebounded and won four of their last five games. Despite missing key players like defensemen Brandon Montour and Aaron Ekblad, and center Sam Bennett, who are all sidelined due to injuries, the Panthers have been performing admirably.

“The Panthers are playing exceptional hockey,” commented Montgomery. “They’re playing with the same intensity and style that brought them success last season. Their aggressive forechecking game and offensive zone dominance have been impressive. They’ve also improved their defensive play and are handling rushes better compared to last year.

“Considering the challenges they’ve faced with injuries, they deserve a better record than they currently have.”

The Bruins, on the other hand, have had a strong start to the season with a 7-0-1 record, falling just one win behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the best record in the NHL. Their only setback was an overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Now, the Bruins have an opportunity to prove themselves during a crucial four-game stretch against tough opponents from the Atlantic Division. After a convincing 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, they are focused on the game against the Panthers, followed by matchups against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Red Wings again.

“We want to make a statement in these division games,” expressed Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman after the win against Detroit. “We need to maintain our dominance and gain momentum. These points are crucial for us early in the season, and they will help us build and grow.”


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