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Florida
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41-30-11
Boston
Bruins
53-19-10

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39 SOG
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FLA
BOS
game recap

Panthers 2, Bruins 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 2, Bruins 4
Florida Panthers 2, Boston Bruins 4

BOSTON (AP) -Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist each to lead Boston to its eighth victory in nine games, a 4-2 decision over Florida on Friday night that moved the Bruins into a tie for the Eastern Conference lead.

The Bruins, 11-1-1 in their last 13 games and the winners of seven straight at home, matched the idle New York Rangers with 30 points in the conference race.

Phil Kessel and David Krejci added goals for Boston.

David Booth and Ville Peltonen scored for Florida.

The victory was also only the second for the Bruins in their last nine home games against Florida. The Panthers are one of only two NHL teams - Minnesota is the other - with winning records against the Bruins in Boston.

Savard, who has two goals and nine assists during a five-game points streak and three goals and 15 assists in the last 17 games, sent Kessel in on a breakaway to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead just 2:46 of the first period. Kessel has goals in each of the last three games and three goals and three assists during a five-game points streak. He is the first Bruin to 10 goals this season.

After Booth tied it, Bergeron tipped Matt Hunwick's shot past Tomas Vokoun for his first goal in eight games. David Krejci and Savard scored in the second period as the Bruins peppered Vokoun with 35 shots in the first 40 minutes.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas improved to 5-0-1 in his last six games.

Ville Peltonen scored his first goal of the season late to make it closer.

Booth's goal came on a breakaway and was first ruled no goal, even though it appeared to be in. A review confirmed Booth's sixth goal in the last nine games.

The Bruins, who haven't lost in regulation this month, are one game from matching their longest home winning streak since Nov. 2-29, 2002. They will face the New York Islanders on Nov. 29 after two straight road games.

Notes: Bruins left wing Marco Sturm missed his second straight game because of an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Boston defenseman Matt Lashoff, recalled earlier in the week, was a healthy scratch. ... Friday night marked the Bruins' first Friday night home game since Dec. 23, 1977 and was also "Slapshot Night," honoring the movie. "Hanson brother" Steve Carlson was on hand and fans receiving "Hanson" glasses. ... The Bruins are in the midst of a stretch of 10 games in 18 nights and are in Montreal Saturday night, their fourth game in six nights this week. ... The Panthers concluded a stretch of eight road games in their last 10. They lost 3-1 in New Jersey on Thursday night. ... Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe had two assists and has three goals and five assists in a six-game points streak. ... Florida scratched defenseman Jesse Cullimore (right knee injury, suffered Thursday night) and left wing Rostislav Olesz (healthy).

scoring summary
1st Period
02:46
BOS
Phil Kessel (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Savard (19), Dennis Wideman (5)
1 - 0 BOS
08:01
FLA
David Booth (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Nathan Horton (6), Bryan McCabe (5)
1 - 1 Tie
10:02
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (4) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Hunwick (3), Michael Ryder (8)
2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
07:43
BOS
David Krejci (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Chuck Kobasew (6)
3 - 1 BOS
09:26
BOS
PPG - Marc Savard (8) Snap shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (10), P.J. Axelsson (6)
4 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
16:54
FLA
Ville Peltonen (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (8), Bryan McCabe (6)
4 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
11:00
BOS
Marc Savard  Tripping against  Brett McLean
15:15
FLA
Richard Zednik  Slashing against  Matt Hunwick
2nd Period
01:36
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Holding against  David Booth
04:01
BOS
Matt Hunwick  Holding against  Radek Dvorak
08:36
FLA
Michael Frolik  Hi stick - double minor against  Shane Hnidy
11:42
FLA
Nick Boynton  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
11:42
BOS
Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Boynton
17:18
BOS
Aaron Ward  Roughing against  Keith Ballard
17:18
BOS
Aaron Ward  Roughing against  Keith Ballard
17:18
FLA
Keith Ballard  Roughing against  Aaron Ward
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
4-10-0
SA: 39TOI: 57:54
Saves: 35EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .897SH: 2 - 2
Tim Thomas
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0