NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 4th (All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (29-31-8) at Boston Bruins (35-24-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will try to get back on the right track tonight after suffering an embarrassing loss their last time out, as they welcome the Florida Panthers for a matchup at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins had won six games in a row before having that win streak halted in a big way Monday night at Washington. Alexander Ovechkin recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added two assists to lead the Capitals to a 10-2 rout of Boston at the Verizon Center.
Marco Sturm and Dennis Wideman each had a goal for the Bruins, who had their season-high winning streak snapped.
Sturm extended his point scoring streak to eight games, as did teammate Marc Savard, who added an assist in the loss. Sturm and Savard are tied with Buffalo's Jason Pominville for the longest current point streaks in the NHL.
Tim Thomas and Alexander Auld each saw time in net, with Thomas allowing seven goals on 24 shots and Auld making seven saves on 10 shots in 23:30 of ice time.
Boston has 76 points and is currently tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with the New York Rangers.
Tonight's tilt marks the opener of a three-game homestand for the Bruins, who are 17-12-3 as the host this year and have won three straight in Beantown. Boston will host Toronto on Thursday before ending the residency with another test against the Caps on Saturday.
The Panthers ended a three-game slide Sunday by posting a 1-0 road win over the New York Islanders. It was just the second victory in eight games for Florida, which is eight points out of the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Craig Anderson turned in an amazing performance in Sunday's victory as he stopped 53 shots to record his first shutout of the season and third of his career. It was the most shots ever taken by the Islanders in a game in which they were shut out.
David Booth's 19th goal of the season was all that was needed for the Panthers. Olli Jokinen and Nathan Horton had the assists on the only tally of the game.
The Panthers, who are 17-18-1 as the visiting club this year, are playing the second of two straight on the road tonight. Florida has won two of its last three tests away from the Sunshine State.
Boston is 2-1 against the Panthers this season and the last victory on February 21 came in a shootout. Florida has still taken seven of nine in the series and the Panthers have won four in a row and six of their last seven in Boston.
03/04 10:37:47 ET