Frustrated Jim Montgomery brutally honest after Game 3 loss to Panthers

The Bruins bench boss is taking responsibility.

Michael W.

Things did not go according to plan tonight for the Boston Bruins, as they were felled by the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of their Round 2 Stanley Cup Playoff series in brutal fashion. Forward Evan Rodriguez scored a pair of goals for Florida, who also got tallies from Carter Verhaeghe, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Sam Reinhart en route to a convincing 6-1 dominating victory. 

WIth the win, the Panthers have now earned two straight victories over the Bruins and seized a two games to one series lead. And afterward, it was Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery who took responsibility for the setback. 

"It's not good enough. We didn't play well enough, that's why I take the responsibility," he said. "We gotta get better, I have to come up with a better game plan." 

"I don't think we're on top of our game," he continued.  "Our execution, to be honest, in the last two games and the last two periods of the last two games and first two periods of tonight hasn't been good enough, and that's why I say it's my fault. I gotta be better." 

When asked why his players didn't appear to be mentally or physically engaged until the Panthers had put the game well out of reach with their 4th tally, Montgomery kept it simple. 

"I don't know," he responded. "It's not good enough, that's all I know. Florida was good and we weren't. We move on to the next game....we're going to get a good night's sleep, come to the rink tomorrow and be better." 

Game 4 between the two teams is this Sunday evening starting at 6:30 PM EST. Will the Bruins be able to bounce back with a better game plan, or will the Panthers take a three games to one stranglehold before the series shifts back to Sunrise for Game 5? 

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