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Thursday, October 13th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (2-2-0) at Florida Panthers (3-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After beginning the season with consecutive losses, the Boston Bruins seek their third straight win tonight when they visit the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center.

Boston dropped contests to Montreal and Buffalo to open the campaign, but has since toppled Pittsburgh (OT) and Tampa Bay.

On Monday, P.J. Axelsson and Brad Isbister both had a goal and an assist to lead the Bruins past the Lightning, 4-2, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Brian Leetch and Travis Green also scored, while Andrew Raycroft turned aside 26 shots for the Bruins, who halted a four-game losing streak at Tampa Bay.

On the milestone watch, Leetch is now three points shy of reaching the 1,000 plateau.

The Bruins are expected to be without captain Joe Thornton tonight. The star center left Monday's game against the Lightning due to back spasms and has returned to Boston.

Boston plays the fourth portion of a six-game road trip this evening. They will visit Ottawa on Saturday.

Florida, meanwhile, has won three of its first four games. on Monday, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots, including a penalty shot in the third period, to lift the Panthers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Kristian Huselius and Chris Gratton scored second-period goals to erase a 1-0 deficit for Florida.

Luongo has been brilliant in all four games, having surrendered just three goals in that span. The former first-round pick of the Islanders was named the NHL's Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts last week.

The Panthers will host Buffalo on Saturday.

Florida went 2-0-2 against Boston in 2003-04.

10/13 10:33:58 ET


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