NHL Game Summary - Florida at Boston
(Saturday, February 9th)
Final Score: Florida 6, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Richard Zednik notched a pair of tallies as Florida scored the final four goals of the contest en route to a 6-3 win over Boston at TD Banknorth Garden.
Olli Jokinen, David Booth, Nathan Horton and Ville Peltonen added a goal each for the Panthers, who have won four of their last five games overall.
Jay Bouwmeester and Branislav Mezei added two assists apiece for Florida, which has won seven of the last eight meetings with Boston. Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves to earn his fourth win in five starts.
Glen Murray and Marco Sturm picked up a goal and assist each for the Bruins, who have dropped three of their last four games. Zdeno Chara also scored and Tim Thomas allowed six goals on 27 shots in defeat.
"I think I saw a team tonight that was not focused on what they need to do to win a hockey game," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "We were up a couple of times and we didn't pay attention to details. We had a great effort last night and as a coach you hope you build on that. Right now, we need to build some consistency in our wins."
After Sturm put the Bruins ahead late in the second, the Panthers responded in a big way, with two quick goals for a 4-3 lead.
Jokinen tied the game when he slid a backhander from the right side through Thomas' pads with 3:37 left in the period and Booth slammed in another rebound from the top of the crease 14 seconds later.
Florida took a 5-3 lead a little more than 3 1/2 minutes into the third. With Boston's Marc Savard in the box for a hook, Horton redirected Stephen Weiss' point shot through Thomas.
It was a three-goal Panthers advantage with 7:55 remaining in regulation. Fresh out of the penalty box, Peltonen took a feed in the neutral zone from Greg Campbell on the left wing. He cruised into the Bruins' zone, faked a shot to pull Thomas out of position, and slid a shot under him from the circle.
The Bruins had a pair of power-play chances from there, but failed to execute and Florida escaped with its fourth consecutive victory in the Hub.
"I think some people are finding the net but also I think moving the puck out of our zone has helped," said Panthers head coach Jacques Martin about his club's offensive explosion. "I think we have done a better job of going to the net. When you look, two of our first four goals tonight were results of just putting the puck at the net and having people go there."
Boston struck first, 2:19 into the contest on the power play. Vokoun appeared to make a great save sliding from his left to his right to stop Murray, but the puck squirted to Chara for a tap-in.
Zednik tied the game with 6:49 left in the first, slamming home his 14th goal of the season from the right circle off a turnover and feed from Jokinen.
Murray gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead, picking up his first goal in almost two months at 2:46 of the second, when he rifled home a pass from P.J. Axelsson over Vokoun's glove.
Zednik struck with 8:52 to play in the period for a 2-2 tie, but Sturm finished off a 3-on-2 with a wrister off the left post one minute, 32 seconds later to restore Boston's one-goal edge.
The Panthers have outscored the opposition 25-13 in the last five games...Murray's last goal came on December 12 at Atlanta...Florida concludes its five-game road trip in Buffalo on Sunday, while Boston hosts Carolina on Tuesday.
02/09 22:38:03 ET