NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 29th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (12-8-2) at Florida Panthers (12-12-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers will try to extend their longest
winning streak of the season tonight, when they welcome the Boston Bruins to
The Panthers have won four straight contests and can win five in a row for the
first time since a seven-game winning streak from March 17-29, 2006.
Florida posted a dramatic victory its last time out, as it notched a shootout
victory in Washington. Stephen Weiss scored in the 11th round of the shootout
to help the Panthers edge the Capitals, 2-1, at the Verizon Center.
Weiss skated toward the left side of the crease, drawing Washington goalkeeper
Olaf Kolzig out that way. When Weiss quickly shifted the puck right, the net
was left open and he was able to shoot it in. Washington got a chance to send
the shootout to another round, but Tomas Vokoun made a pad save on Brian
Pothier's wrister to seal the win, the Panthers' second shootout win in as
Vokoun stopped 32 shots in regulation and overtime, as Florida has won a
season-high four in a row. Richard Zednik scored the team's only goal in
regulation, with Jozef Stumpel and Ruslan Salei notching assists.
The win also made Panthers head coach Jacques Martin the winningest coach in
franchise history. He came into Wednesday's game tied with Doug MacLean at 83
Tonight marks the opening test of a five-game homestand for the Panthers, who
are 7-4-0 as the host club this year.
The Bruins, meanwhile, will continue their lengthy road trip this evening.
Boston is 1-1-0 so far on the six-game trek and is coming off Monday's triumph
Marc Savard posted a goal and three assists to lead the Bruins to the 6-3
victory. Glen Murray also notched a pair of goals for Boston.
Glen Metropolit, Peter Schaefer and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Bruins,
who have won three of their last four contests. Zdeno Chara chipped in two
helpers while Tuukka Rask needed just 20 saves to win his second NHL contest.
The Bruins, who are 5-6-1 as the road team this season, will complete their
swing with tests against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Islanders and
the New Jersey Devils.
Florida went 4-0 against the Bruins last year and has won six straight in the
series. Boston has also been defeated in its last three trips to the
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