The Panthers host the Boston Bruins tonight at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. This is the fourth and final meeting this season between the Eastern Conference foes. Florida has gone 1-1-1 against Boston, winning 2-0 and losing 8-0 at Boston in December, while losing a shootout 3-2 at home in January. Right now, they're playing in the third game of an important four game homestand. They shut out the
Carolina Hurricanes, 2-0 on Sunday and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2 on Tuesday. They finish up on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
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The Bruins will be finishing out a three game roadtrip. They lost to the
, 5-2 on Sunday and the Pittsburgh Penguins , 6-1 on Tuesday. They return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Florida is 18-9-8 at home, while the Bruins carry a 20-13-1 road record into Sunrise. Philadelphia Flyers
The last meeting between the two happened on January 16th.
(13) lit the lamp at the 1:20 mark of the first to open the scoring, and Patrice Bergeron (14) added a power play goal in the second. For the Panthers, Patrice Bergeron (12) and Jason Garrison (8) scored. Tukka Rask (38-of-40) and Shawn Matthias (33-of-35) would send the game all the way to the shootout before Scott Clemmensen ended it in the fourth round. Rask had faced four breakaway's through the course of the game, preparing him for the skills competition at the end, David Krejci
"I can't remember the last breakaway I had, actually," Rask said. "I guess it's a better thing to take them all at once than every now and then. Today they had four, which is really uncharacteristic for us. It's a good thing we got a win."
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In Florida's last game,
stopped 26-of-28 shots to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2. Jose Theodore (15, 16) tied then later surpassed his previous career high in goals scored. Sean Bergenheim (9) and Marcel Goc (7) each connected on the power play, and Jason Garrison (15) tied a Panther record for defensemen goal scoring. For the Leafs, Tomas Kopecky (15) and Tyler Bozak (22) provided the offense. The Panthers continued to dominate opposing goaltender Mikhail Grabovski , who allowed four goals on 26 shots. Panther's coach Kevin Dineen spoke about the Panthers tendency to "wake up" against Toronto, James Reimer
"I can't explain against the Leafs what the difference is," Florida coach Kevin Dineen said. "Sometimes during the course of the season you find a way to get a team's number. Very fortunate for us this has been one of those teams. There’s other teams … we beat the
early and then they spanked us three in a row. The thing flip-flops a little bit, but it's nice being on the good side of those, that’s for sure." Rangers
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New goaltender surrendered four goals on 12 shots in the first period, as the Bruins were dominated by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Tampa Bay totalled six goals on only 17 shots in their 6-1 defeat of Boston. Marty Turco (7) scored the only goal for Boston. For the Lightning, Jordan Caron (8), Tom Pyatt (9), Nate Thompson (4), Ryan Shannon (4), and Victor Hedman (49, 50) provided the fireworks. Rookie goaltender Steven Stamkos stopped 33-of-34 Boston shots in victory. Stamkos spoke afterwards about scoring 50 goals for the second time, Dustin Tokarski
"Getting 50 goals is something special," Stamkos said. "It's a magic number in hockey, and it's so special to do it in front of your home fans with a big win. That makes the memory last even longer and better. It's a great feeling and something that no one can ever take away from me."
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Top Corsi Panthers: (last five games)
Mikael Samuelsson - .508
Erik Gudbranson - .506 Sean Bergenheim - .496 Jason Garrison - .492 Marcel Goc - .489
played 422 games over six seasons for the Panthers, scoring 142 goals and 153 assists with a plus-27 rating and 382 penalty minutes. Nathan Horton
Bruins left winger
played 363 games over six seasons for Florida, scoring 29 goals and 56 assists with a minus-39 rating and 312 penalty minutes. Gregory Campbell
played in 62 games in the 2009-10 season for Florida, scoring two goals and 21 assists with a minus-three rating and 33 penalty minutes. Dennis Seidenberg
played in 302 games over five seasons for the Bruins. He scored 106 goals and 87 assists with a plus-24 and 156 penalty minutes. Marco Sturm
Jason Garrison, Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann are tied in 48th all-time with 22 goals each. Dave Gagner is in 47th with 24. Shawn Matthias is tied in 45th with
Mike Van Ryn, with 25 goals. Mike Santorelli is tied with Gregory Campbell in 39th with 29 goals. Ed Jovanovski, with 31, is tied with Martin Gelinas, in 34th. Stephen Weiss needs two more to reach 142, tying him in fourth with Nathan Horton.
If Brian Campbell collects an assist, it will be his 41st with Florida, moving him past Terry Carkner into 49th.
Games Played:Tomas Fleischmann, Mike Weaver, Brian Campbell - 69
Goals:Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann - 22 Sean Bergenheim, Stephen Weiss - 16
Assists:Brian Campbell - 40 Stephen Weiss - 32 Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann - 27
Points:Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann - 49 Stephen Weiss - 48
Plus/Minus:Jason Garrison - plus-6 Marcel Goc, Stephen Weiss - plus-5
Point Shares:Jose Theodore - 8.5 Jason Garrison - 7.2 Brian Campbell - 7.0
: Florida Panthers Standings:
and Jack Skille are probably out for the rest of the season. Matt Bradley , Kris Versteeg and Scottie Upshall are all skating with the club, and should each return soon. Dmitry Kulikov
- 14 - 9 8
- 20 - 57 26
- 82 - 18 16
- 21 - 10 25
- 52 51
- 4 43
- 55 44
gets the start tonight. Jose Theodore
Boston Bruins :
Also out: forwards Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley
- Milan Lucic - David Krejci Jordan Caron
- Patrice Bergeron - Brad Marchand Tyler Seguin
- Daniel Paille - Chris Kelly Brian Rolston
- Trent Whitfield - Gregory Campbell Shawn Thornton
- Dennis Seidenberg Zdeno Chara
- Andrew Ference Johnny Boychuk
- Greg Zanon Joe Corvo
With Tuukka Rask on the shelf, and
having his doors blown off by the Bolts on Tuesday, Marty Turco gets the nod tonight. Tim Thomas
33-23-13, 79 points, first Southeast Division, third Eastern Conference, 15th NHL, on pace for 94 points. Last five: W-L-O-W-W. Playoff odds: : Florida Panthers 88.7%
Boston Bruins: 40-26-3, 83 points, first Northeast Division, second Eastern Conference, 10th NHL, on pace for 99 points. Last five: W-W-L-L-L. Playoff odds: 99.99%
Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
Season Series: 1-1-1
All-Time Series: 31-28-11
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