BOSTON (AP) - The suddenly high-scoring Boston Bruins are showing no mercy, even for the departed goalie who led them to the Stanley Cup.
“I think I might’ve enjoyed myself watching the State of the Union more,” said Thomas, not a big fan of President Barack Obama, who delivered the speech at the same time as the Bruins were beating the Panthers for the sixth straight time. “No, probably not.”
In 2011, Thomas didn’t accompany his teammates to the White House for the ceremony with Obama marking their championship that year.
Boston scored six goals for the third straight game, following road wins of 6-1 and 6-3. The Atlantic Division leaders improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games.
Why all that scoring for a team known for its defense?
“We’ve been able to get out of our zone cleanly and establish the rush,” Lucic said.
“With less than a minute left in the game and they’re up by four goals,” Thomas said, “I took exception to that.”
Soderberg proclaimed his innocence.
“I was just going for the rebound,” he said. “We can’t stop playing.”
“Tim’s always going to be a part of this organization for what he’s done,” Boston coach Claude Julien said, “but we just have to look at him as the opposing goalie.”
Zdeno Chara, Reilly Smith, Shawn Thornton and David Krejci also scored for Boston, which led 4-0 until Brad Boyes connected for Florida with 2:33 left in the second period. Dmitry Kulikov added a power-play goal for the Panthers 4 minutes into the third.
“All four lines are putting the puck in the net,” Krejci said. “That’s good to see.”