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NHL Game Summary - Boston at Florida

(Saturday, December 6th)

Final Score: Boston 4, Florida 0

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez logged his first shutout of the season and 15th of his career in stopping 27 shots as the Boston Bruins blanked the Florida Panthers, 4-0, at BankAtlantic Center.

Phil Kessel, Michael Ryder, Shane Hnidy and Blake Wheeler each found the back of the net for Boston, which notched its fourth straight win and eighth in its last nine games. David Krejci registered three assists. Fernandez improved to 8-1-1 on the season.

"For myself, I could care less (about first shutout of the season). I really wanted to get the win tonight," Fernandez said. "They (Panthers) are a team that's been on a roll of their own. For us to come in and really fight this and make sure we keep our game (plan) throughout this thing was really tough but we managed to do it."

The Bruins improved to 9-3-3 on the road this year with their lone setback in their last nine games coming in a road test versus Buffalo on November 26.

The Panthers had their three-game winning streak stopped with the loss with Craig Anderson allowing three goals on 27 shots before being pulled in favor of regular starter Tomas Vokoun, who gave up the fourth goal and made four saves.

Anderson has started each of Florida's last five games, going 3-2 over that stretch, keeping Vokoun on the bench until Saturday. Florida is now 6-4-2 at home and begins a five-game road trip in Ottawa on Monday.

"They (Bruins) play their system well. They do a good job collapsing," Panthers center Stephen Weiss said. "They've got five guys in front of the net so it's tough to get pucks through. They're just a good hockey club. It was a good test for us, to see where we're at -- just got to make sure we regroup and not sag."

A sensational individual effort from Ryder allowed Boston to take a 1-0 lead just shy of the midway point of the first. Boston broke out of its own end with Ryder taking a pass just inside the Florida zone. He cut toward the right circle from the boards and slid the puck through one defender's legs before snapping a rising shot that beat Anderson while a second defender was draped on top of him.

Fernandez stoned the Panthers' on their nine first-period shots.

Kessel gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead just 2:44 into the second with a power-play tally. Skating into the left circle from the point, he positioned his hard wrister to be screened as the disc sailed clear of a host of bodies to find the net.

Fernandez was again up to the task, stopping all 11 second-period shots from Florida.

Hnidy's shot from the right point sailed past an out of position Anderson just 2:21 into the third to provide a three-goal cushion and bring on Vokoun, who allowed Wheeler's ninth of the year with 6:24 remaining.

Game Notes

The win was Boston's fourth in six games against Florida, but it has still dropped eight of its last 12 versus the Panthers overall...Boston has now won three straight in Florida...The Bruins now sit atop the Eastern Conference with 40 points, two more than the New York Rangers with Boston having played in three fewer games to date...Kessel, who has scored six times in his last five games, owns the NHL's longest active point streak at 11 games. He has nine goals and five assists over that run. Krejci, meanwhile, has five goals and nine helpers over an eight-game streak of his own...Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Monday.

12/07 00:08:26 ET

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