Panthers Shutout Bruins 5-0 in Luongo’s Return to net

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The welcome back party for Roberto Luongo was a 60-minute celebration.

Showing little signs of rust after a five game absence, Luongo turned away 33 shots and earned his 77th career shutout Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. It was vintage Louie in this one, from the outset he was dialed in and the rest seems to have helped as he was quick from post to post. His record improved to 5-3-0.

With the steadiness in net the Cats were free to prowl. Opportunities were plentiful as once again the Panthers received production across all four lines. After a slow first period despite several scoring chances, the lamp lighting and penalties commenced in the second.

During the middle frame there were six penalties called in total. The Panthers power play continues to amaze, they’ve scored with the man advantage in 16 of their last 17 games.

Florida also scored 4-on-4 but it was an amazing effort on a rare 4-on-3 in regulation by Mike Hoffman to close the period which stands out. Skating the length of the ice on the back-check, Hoffman helped work the boards and the puck came free. In one motion he was alongside his line mates for a rush the other way.

 

Hoffman put the Panthers on top 1-0 4:21 into the second period with assists from Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Huberdeau who continues to stuff the stat sheet. Huby notched two assists and his seventh goal of the season and has multiple points in six straight. Evgenii Davodov picked up a goal (13) on the power play while Keith Yandle continues his assist (and Ironman) streaks, he now has a helper in four consecutive games.

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