BOSTON — There was more to the Florida Panthers’ 1-0 win over the Bruins tonight at TD Garden than just Scott Clemmensen’s 36 saves and Boston’s usual ineptitude on offense.
The Panthers were also credited with 32 blocked shots, including 12 of Zdeno Chara’s offerings in the second 1-0 win by Florida over Boston this season (Log on to Yahoo! for the complete recap.)
“I thought they did a pretty good job of getting in the shooting lanes. Even when we moved it D to D, they were on us quick. And when we did get it through, their Ds, the guys were fronting those shots as well. A lot of teams are playing like that and they did,” said head coach Claude Julien after the game. “I think they were a desperate team throwing their bodies all over the place tonight.
“They were hanging onto a 1-0 lead and that’s the thing you’re hoping your team can do for you tonight is get that early lead and discourage them from wanting to compete as hard as they did. The longer they stayed in the game with a 1-0 lead, the more they competed. And we gave them the opportunity to feel like they had a chance.”
In comparison, the Bruins — a team fighting for a playoff berth — were credited with just six blocked shots. That pretty much tells you which team was willing to sacrifice.