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NHL Game Summary - Florida at Boston



(Friday, November 21st)

Final Score: Boston 4, Florida 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron picked up a goal and one assist as Boston topped Florida, 4-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Marc Savard added a goal and a helper for the Bruins, winners in three straight and eight of nine. David Krejci and Phil Kessel also scored while Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots for the win.

"Focused on playing a complete game, they are not an easy team," Thomas noted of the Panthers. "They do not have a great record this year but we've always had trouble with them in the past."

David Booth and Ville Peltonen scored for the Panthers, who have lost three of four. Tomas Vokoun allowed all four goals on 39 shots.

Kessel put the Bruins on the board 2:46 into the contest, then Booth equalized for the Panthers at 8:01 on a shot which managed to squeeze through Thomas.

I just shot it and I didn't see it so I figured it was," Booth said. "It was a good surprise to see it went in. "We know Boston?s one of the best teams in the league. They're a good team. It's a challenge for us to play against one of the best teams in this league."

Bergeron followed just past the midway point of the period to put the home team up by one, then Krejci's fifth of the season boosted the B's to a 3-1 edge 7:43 into the second period.

Savard added a power-play marker at 9:26 for a 4-1 lead, and the Bruins withstood brief charges by the visitors until Peltonen drew Florida within a pair with 3:06 left in regulation.

The Panthers gambled by calling Vokoun to the bench with more than two minutes to go but were unable to solve Thomas.

Game Notes

Boston had not won a home contest against Florida since a 4-1 decision on November 3, 2005...The Bruins improved to 11-1-3 in the last 13 games and have won seven in a row on home ice...Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe picked up two assists in the loss...The Bruins travel to Montreal on Saturday while the Panthers return home to begin a three-game homestand by welcoming Carolina on Monday.

11/21 22:57:21 ET


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