SUNRISE, Fla. – Bruin's busy day began with Zdeno Chara including one year contract expansion, Karson Kuhlman's call and Sean Kuraly's injury revelation. It ended with a playoff clincher.
Boston got the two points he needed in his 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers at the BB & T Center. Here's what we learned when Bruins got their third straight postseason look under head coach Bruce Cassidy.
Chara takes center stage
He earns at least another $ 2 million when his contract comes into effect next season. But Charles's accolades did not end with their new contract on Saturday.
The 21-year-old veterans noted his 200th career NHL goal ̵
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"We did not" do not want to allow a team back in the game and that was a problem for us earlier this year. We've done a lot better work lately, "Cassidy said about Chara's important tally." We're all excited about Zee. Much better [that the milestone] came this way on a good top shelf goal than the empty nights. That is what we told him the second night in Jersey, so everything was done in the end. "
Cassidy and his coaching staff are certainly happy that their father's time does not lower Chara. He must not be the dismissive defenders he was in his prime. But the 6-foot 9 captain's work ethic, conditioning and hockey IQ still standout among His peers about two decades later.
All this was on display against the Pantheres, where Chara wrote a plus-4 and logged 25:07 of Ice Age, he was in the middle of both pictorial – on state and headlines – and literally – to break up a potential battle between Vincent Trocheck and Charlie McAvoy
The act involving McAvoy and Trocheck signaled how much Chara cares about his fellow-defensive partner and his teammates The Bruins knows they not losing McAvoy comes the playoff time given his stints on the damaged reserve this season, and Chara made sure to keep the former Boston University standout without risk with the game well in hand.
"There is some time for the t, "said chara to enter the middle of the third period scuffle between McAvoy and the troche check. "At the time of the game, I don't think it's necessary to fight. I don't think you should watch the guys like Charlie let go of the gloves and fight before the playoffs and risk a hand injury or something like that."
A victory, a new contract and a playoff quay, all in one night's work. Chara is grateful to everyone in the organization, but the humble giant had a person in mind from his Slovak roots thousands of miles away.
"I want to dedicate this day to my father," Chara said. "He brought me to hockey and he was always very supportive to me. Always good to teach me what to do and how to train. In the last few weeks he was fun with me about when to score [again] so I am very happy and this goal goes to him. "
Unlikely that contributors cheat on the offensive attack  Injuries and lack of secondary scoring put Bruins behind the spellbinding 8 ball during the first half of the season. The damage error hit them again in the second half. However, their scoring depth has not been a problem lately.
Consider Saturday, for example, where the top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak each spoke a goal and a help. But it was a pretty quiet top night for Boston's trio, and that's not a bad thing.
Noel Acciari kick-started the secondary scoring spark at 2:23 on a one-hour from David Backes' feed. The Providence College alum later participated in an exciting battle with the Panthers Mackenzie Weegar and finished his night helping out of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick.
David Backes sets up Noel Acciari for his fifth season goal. Connor Clifton gets her first career NHL point.
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Chara and Steven Kampfer (a power play counts at 15:48 of the other) each fought in a tally from blue-line, while Kuhlman, who played in his sixth career NHL competition, gave his team a 4-1 lead with his second lamp lighter of his Boston term.
On Saturday, the upward secondary scoring trend continued during the four-game road trip. They have outscored their opponents 17-4 in their first three games. Eight of these numbers have come from players outside their top two lines.
"It was a good continuation of the weather," Cassidy said. "We've put pucks in the net and we've kept them out of the net for the most part."
"Tonight, when I looked up and it was 4-1, I think every line had scored. So I think we get secondary scoring, and Zee [Chara] and Kampfer, so we get it This is something we talked about earlier this year that we strive for [secondary scoring] and we seem to hit it here in the last month, so that is good, and I think every team will tell You don't want to rely on three or four players to score. "The strength of numbers is only a good thing, as Bruins is preparing for another post-season journey in a few weeks. 19659028] Close
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