How Panthers’ Bobrovsky stays locked in during quiet periods in games. And a Sam Reinhart update

Sergei Bobrovsky knows he can only control so much. On any given night, the Florida Panthers’ veteran goaltender could be challenged with nonstop shots on goal or face extended stretches where he’s having to wait for any sort of action to come his way.

“I’m not choosing what they’re going to throw at me, what’s happening around me,” said Bobrovsky, a finalist this year for the Vezina Trophy given annually to the NHL’s best goaltender. “I try to keep my attention, keep my focus and stay with the moment.”

With the latter part of his statement, Bobrovsky thrives.

Take these past three games of the Panthers’ second-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Boston Bruins, all Florida wins, as a shining example.

Combined, Bobrovsky has faced just 50 shots on goal in the three games. The Panthers have held the Bruins to fewer than 10 shots on goal in eight of nine periods over the past three games — including five periods when Boston had five shots or fewer. This included just two shots on goal in the third period Sunday as Florida rallied for a 3-2 win at Boston’s TD Garden to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Bobrovsky gave up two goals in a five-shot first period — a one-timer by David Pastrnak on the power play and a Brandon Carlo shot from the point that trickled past him through traffic — before stopping all 13 shots he faced in the final two periods (11 in the second, just two in the third).

“Staying mentally focused — when you think about those words, you think about Sergei Bobrovsky right away,” said Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, who scored the game-winning goal 7:31 into the third period on Sunday. “He’s mentally focused. He’s ready. He’s prepared whenever. He’s huge for us. He’s our best player. He delivers every single night.”

And it’s something one has to watch to truly appreciate, especially when he doesn’t have the high volume of shots to defend.

Consider this: Bobrovsky is 7-2 so far in the playoffs entering Florida’s potential series-clinching Game 5 against Boston. He and the New York RangersIgor Shesterkin are the only goalies with seven wins so far this postseason. Bobrovsky’s goals against average of 2.55 is the fourth-best among starting goaltenders still in the playoffs, behind only DallasJake Oettinger (2.12), Shesterkin (2.25) and Boston’s Jeremy Swayman (2.28).

But Bobrovsky’s save percentage is just .892 — for comparison, Swayman has a .930 save percentage, Shesterkin .927, Oettinger .919.

“He’s had this kind of really unusual playoffs,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said. “What’s his record now? 7-2? And he has a sub-.900 save percentage. You know how sometimes plus-minus doesn’t tell you how a guy’s playing? Sometimes, the save percentage is just not accurate. He won’t like the second goal and that’s fine, but everything after that is world class. We had two shots in the third period given up, but there was also some close really ones and I think they missed one. I think he had a bigger impact on one. To be good at that time, that’s the key.”

And Bobrovsky has been clutch down the stretch in games. In Florida’s seven wins, he has allowed just four third-period goals on 45 shots against in the final frame.

“[Goaltending coach] Robbie Tallas tells me that Sergei is almost oblivious to statistics,” Maurice said. “The wins are the most important thing and he’s at a point in his career where he should be oblivious to the stats. They don’t matter. His stats won’t be good, but his play is fantastic.”

Reinhart update

Panthers All-Star and top-line winger Sam Reinhart did not play the final 15:40 on Sunday after taking a puck to the face early in the third period.

“He was bleeding a bucket on the way off,” Maurice said. “The first time he came out, I’m all over Dave DiNapoli, our athletic trainer, going ‘What the hell is going on?’ Because we had hit a bunch of power plays. The second time I barked at him, he just grabs my arm and says ‘I’ve never seen one this bad.’”

Maurice said Reinhart is fine should be available for Game 5.