Marchand cut it to 2-1 at 3:38 of the second period, tapping in Jake DeBrusk’s centering pass.
“We started supporting each other better,” Marchand said. “Allowed us to still come up with pucks after, you know, when they’re playing physical, and kept moving it forward and kind of catching them coming the wrong way, so it was working for us.”
McAvoy tied it 2-2 at 7:20 of the third period with a forehand deke off David Pastrnak’s pass in the slot.
The Panthers had a chance to regain the lead after McAvoy was assessed a match penalty for a check to the head of Oliver Ekman-Larsson at 9:28, but despite getting six shots on goal during the five-minute power play, they couldn’t score.
“That’s why it was so good for us that we never gave them the momentum,” Ullmark said. “We always [got] the puck out in 15, 20 seconds, so they always have to redo it or break out and come in. And then maybe there’s a face-off or whatever, so we kept them away from establishing something. And like I said, I’ve got to give all the credit to the [penalty kill] guys. They [did] a tremendous job throughout the game, not just that five-minute one.”
NOTES: Ekman-Larsson and forward Sam Bennett each left the game early. Maurice did not have an update on either player. Bennett was making his season debut after missing Florida’s first seven games with a lower-body injury. … Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk left during the first period with an upper-body injury. He is expected to be out “a couple of weeks,” according to Montgomery. … Barkov played in his 671st NHL game, tying Jonathan Huberdeau for the most in Panthers franchise history. … Reinhart became the third player in Florida history with eight goals through his first eight games in a season, joining Pavel Bure (1998-99) and Scott Mellanby (1995-96).
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