The Bruins wanted to close out their only road trip through Florida this season with authority, and they did just that.

The Bruins took an early lead and didn’t give the Florida Panthers much to work with as the game progressed in a no-frills 3-1 victory at the BB&T Center in a Sunday afternoon matinee.

Less than eight minutes into the game the Bruins were on the board when Milan Lucic snapped home a shot moving into the slot on a set play after David Krejci won a draw against Marcel Goc in the offensive zone. Six minutes later the Bruins extended it to a 2-0 lead on the flashiest goal anybody will ever see Zdeno Chara score over the course of his NHL career.

Brad Marchand hit Chara with a backhanded saucer pass from the side boards, and Chara executed a dangling 360 spin move as he swooped toward the net and unloaded a top shelf backhanded shot. Florida goaltender Jacob Markstrom had no shot at stopping the puck, and really no NHL goaltender probably would with a 6-foot-9 beat bearing down on them while also capable of elite offensive moves.

The Panthers cut the lead in half two minutes later when breakdowns by the fourth line and the Andrew Ference/Adam McQuaid pairing led to a wide Tomas Kopecky goal all alone in front.

Boston managed to tack on an insurance power play in the second period, but it was more than a little unconventional. The score arrived after a largely ineffective man advantage, and featured a goal from a player not normally on the PP in Chris Kelly. But Daniel Paille fanned on a shot inside the blue line and the puck slid right to Kelly for a wide open shot in front. The goal snapped a 14-game scoreless streak to start the season for the third line center.

Daniel Paille added the empty net goal in the final minutes of the third period to give the Bruins their first three goal lead of the season.