Roberto Luongo Shines For Panthers In Bruins’ 4-1 Loss To Florida

Roberto Luongo was a brick wall for the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
The veteran goaltender was solid between the pipes, stopping 30 shots on 31 attempts in Florida’s 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Out of all of Luongo’s saves on the day, none were bigger than his glove stop on Bruins winger Brad Marchand.
Boston had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game, but Luongo was able to keep the Bruins from finding the back of the net more than just once to give his Panthers the victory.
To see Luongo’s biggest save, check out the “Save of the Game” video above, presented by TD Bank.

Texas Tech-Gonzaga Live Stream: Watch NCAA Tournament Game Online

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
Saturday night’s contest between the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs and No. 3-seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders could provide an answer to the difficult question as the nation’s most efficient offense in Gonzaga squares up with Texas Tech’s top-rated defense with a spot in the Final Four on the line.
Gonzaga enters Saturday’s tilt after handily knocking out No. 16 seed Farleigh Dickinson, No. 9 seed Baylor and No. 4 seed Florida State. Texas Tech also has steamrolled its way through the NCAA Tournament, defeating No. 14 seed Northern Kentucky, No. 6 seed Buffalo and upsetting the No. 2-seeded Michigan Wolverines 63-44.
Here’s how to watch Texas Tech-Gonzaga:
Start Time: Saturday, March 30, at 6:09 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TBS
Live Stream: March Madness Live | TBS

Bruce Cassidy Shares His Assessment Of Bruins’ 4-1 Loss To Panthers

The Boston Bruins fell to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, 4-1.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has struggled recently going losing four of his last six starts. The Boston backstop finished Saturday with 19 saves on 22 shots.
After the game, NESN’s Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley caught up with Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy to discuss the team’s loss.
To hear what Cassidy had to say, check out the video above from “Bruins Overtime Live,” presented by Ace Ticket.

Celtics Vs. Nets Live Stream: Watch NBA Game Online

The Celtics gutted out an important win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, and now they’ll face a team in desperate need of a victory.
Boston on Saturday will take on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. The Nets currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and only are one game above ninth.
At the moment, the Celtics sit in fourth in the conference thanks to their win over Indy, which Boston all but certainly will play in the first round of the postseason. Continuing to win over the last few games of the season and in turn securing home court advantage will go a long way for the Celtics, who have not been great on the road.
Here’s how to watch Celtics vs. Nets online:
When: Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Boston

Bruins Wrap: Boston Stymied By Roberto Luongo In 4-1 Loss to Panthers

There are many frustrating losses throughout an NHL season, but few are worse than the one the Boston Bruins suffered to the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
Despite out-shooting their opponents 31-23 and dominating in zone time, the Bruins were unable to solve Roberto Luongo, eventually falling 4-1 at TD Garden.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had a tough afternoon, allowing three goals on 22 shots faced. A shorthanded goal he allowed in the second period with the Bruins trailing 2-1 was particularly disappointing. Luongo, on the other hand, stopped 30 of 31 shots.
Noel Acciari scored the only goal for Boston, his sixth tally of the season.
The loss leaves the door open for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who play the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Toronto trails Boston by six points for second place in the Atlantic Division.
The Bruins dropped to 47-22-9 with the win, while the Panthers improved to 35-32-12 with the loss.
Here’s how it all went down:
SCOREBOARD
The Bruins dominated the Panthers in the first period, out-shooting Florida 16-8. But the scoreboard told a different story, as the visitor’s entered the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Riley Sheahan got the Panthers on the board first, with Evgenii Dadonov extending the lead less than two minutes later.

Sheahan with the deflection gets the Cats first goal of the game. pic.twitter.com/u9gw44zYHK
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) March 30, 2019

The @FlaPanthers are putting in some work today. pic.twitter.com/zQWWQfINAL
— NHL (@NHL) March 30, 2019

Florida closed the period with a 10-5 advantage in shots, while the Bruins had an 11-7 edge in hits.
Florida came up empty on the only power play of the period.
MORE FRUSTRATION FOR BOSTON
It was more of the same for the Bruins in the second period, and the results were even more perplexing.
Acciari got Boston on the board with 6:48 left in the frame, showcasing his trademark hustle before tipping the puck past Luongo. Torey Krug and Joakim Nordstrom assisted on Acciari’s sixth goal of the season.
The play was impressive all-around, as Krug wheeled behind the net before corralling the loose buck and feeding in front for Acciari, who did the rest.

The Bruins looked primed to tie the game minutes later when Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau got whistled for interference on Acciari. But it mattered not, as Troy Brouwer scored a shorthanded goal to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead.
It was the 14th shorthanded goal of the season allowed by Boston, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for most in the league.

Whole lotta zing off that twig. pic.twitter.com/1326aYAp0c
— NHL (@NHL) March 30, 2019

Rask would be the first to tell you that’s a save he needs to make.
The Bruins got another power-play opportunity in the final few minutes, but came up empty. Boston out-shot Florida 8-6 in the period, and entered the locker with an eight-minute advantage in zone time through two stanzas.
FLORIDA COASTS TO VICTORY
This just wasn’t the Bruins’ day.
Boston played well and with energy in the third period, but the Bruins were unable to capitalize on multiple scoring chances. Bruce Cassidy pulled Rask with just under three minutes to go, but Dadonov potted the empty-netter moments later at the 17:31 mark.
Florida out-shot Boston 9-7 in the period.

UP NEXT
The Bruins will hit the road for a Sunday night matchup against the Detroit Red Wings. Puck drop from Little Caesars Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
This Bruins Wrap is presented by Plainridge Park Casino.

NCAA Tournament Odds: Latest Betting Trends Heading Into Elite Eight

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will be looking to claim their first Final Four berth in program history when they hit the court against the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday in Elite Eight action at this year’s NCAA Tournament as 4-point underdogs on the March Madness odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
No. 3 Texas Tech maintained the stingy play that made them one of the top defensive squads in the nation this season while knocking off No. 2 Michigan 63-44 as a 1.5-point underdog in Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen action, and has now surrendered just 53 points per game in three tournament victories going into Saturday night’s West Region matchup at Honda Center.
In addition to posting straight-up wins in 12 of 13 outings, the Red Raiders have emerged as a steady bet at the sportsbooks, going 11-2 against the spread during that stretch, according to the OddsShark College Basketball Database. However, the team has produced mixed results as a betting underdog this season, going 2-3 SU and ATS, with those outright wins coming against also-rans Nebraska and Texas.
The Bulldogs make their third trip to the Elite Eight in five years after posting a lopsided 72-58 victory over No. 4 Florida State as 7.5-point favorites. Gonzaga has been dominant since mid-December, marching to SU wins in 24 of 25 contests, while averaging 85.7 points per game, but must overcome a shaky 1-2 SU record in three previous regional final appearances.
Over in the South Region, the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers will be aiming to punch their ticket to a Final Four appearance for the first time since 1984 as they take on No. 3 Purdue as 4.5-point favorites on the March Madness lines. The Cavaliers were pushed to the brink in their 53-49 win over No. 12 Oregon as 8.5-point chalk on the Sweet Sixteen odds, continuing their recent struggles at sports betting sites with their fourth ATS loss in six outings.
Conversely, the Boilermakers have been dominant while driving towards their first Elite Eight berth in 19 years, following up lopsided SU and ATS wins over Old Dominion and defending national champion Villanova on opening weekend with a 99-94 upset of No. 2 Tennessee as 1.5-point underdogs on Thursday.
The Elite Eight then wraps up on Sunday, with No. 1 Duke taking on No. 2 Michigan State in the East Region and No. 5 Auburn up against No. 2 Kentucky in the Midwest Region. The winners of the weekend’s four matchups will then advance to the Final Four in Minneapolis.

Noel Acciari Gets Bruins On Board With Second-Period Tally Vs. Panthers

Noel Acciari got the offense started for the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.
Boston’s center scored his sixth goal of the season off of assists from Torey Krug (45) and Joakim Nordstorm (5) to bring the B’s one step closer to the Florida Panthers.
Florida got off to a fast start Saturday afternoon, ringing the horn twice in the first period, and adding a third goal in the second frame. The Panthers took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.
To Hear NESN’s Andy Brickley break down the goal, check out the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind clip above.

Multiple Tough Bounces Lead To Bruins’ First-Period Deficit Vs. Panthers

The Boston Bruins faced an early deficit Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
Florida jumped on the scoreboard first in the opening frame after scoring off of a deflection. The Panthers were able to put another one past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period after the team turned the puck over while attempting to clear it from their own end.
Boston was able to get a goal back in the second period off of a Noel Acciari score.
For more on the Panthers’ opening-period success, check out the Amica Coverage Cam in the video above.

Bruins Winger Chris Wagner Named Recipient Of NESN 7th Player Award

Chris Wagner joined some elite company Saturday afternoon.
Prior to Saturday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, Wagner received the NESN 7th Player Award, presented by Central Jeep of Norwood on the Automile. The award is presented annually to a Bruins player who exceeds expectations and goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Wagner was selected by a fan vote on NESN.com, and is a worthy choice.
The Walpole, Mass., native is enjoying a career season after signing a free agent deal with Boston last offseason. He has tallied a career-high 12 goals and six assists with 51 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating through 74 games played this season. He also leads the Bruins with 245 hits, which ranks ninth in the NHL.

Congratulations to @chriswags23 on receiving the @NESN 7th Player Award! https://t.co/9InXffpXOM pic.twitter.com/VToAlEOPqO
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 30, 2019

Past recipients of NESN’s 7th Player Award currently on the Bruins include Charlie McAvoy (2018), David Pastrnak (2017, 2015), Brad Marchand (2016, 2011), Tuukka Rask (2010) and David Krejci (2009). Tim Thomas, Bill Guerin, Joe Thornton, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Ray Bourque and Rick Middleton are some other past winners.
In addition to the 7th Player Award trophy, Wagner will receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of his choice

David Pastrnak Joined Exclusive Company With Second Five-Point Performance

David Pastrnak has been on a tear since returning from injury.
The 22-year-old has recorded a point in four of his five games since coming back (five goals, six assists), including a monster five-point outburst in a Boston Bruins 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers Wednesday night.
Pastrnak joined exclusive Bruins company with his second five-point performance before turning 23 years old, and is just one behind Barry Pederson for the most five-point games in B’s history before turning 23.
For more on Pastrnak’s historic performance, check out the “Bruins Face-Off Live” video above, presented by EchoStor Technologies.