B’s clinch playoff spot: For the third straight season, the Bruins have punched their ticket to the postseason, as Saturday’s 7-3 win over the Panthers clinched a playoff berth for the B’s. Boston stands as the second club in the Eastern Conference to secure its spot in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s Cup, with the Lightning already locking down both a playoff berth and the Presidents’ Trophy last week. The B’s didn’t have have to drag out their pursuit of a playoff berth, as Boston took care of business in short order against a Panthers club that is outside of the playoff picture — scoring a season-high five goals in the second period to put the game away.
The Bruins have been playing some sound hockey during their four-game win streak — outscoring the competition by an 18-4 margin during this stretch while receiving offensive contributions from up and down the roster. On Saturday, seven different players spread across three different forward lines and two defensive pairings lit the lamp for the Bruins — while 13 players finished with at least a point (including Jaroslav Halak in net). All things considered, the Bruins have to be feeling pretty good going into Monday’s anticipated matchup against the Lightning.