Bergeron scores twice as Bruins top Panthers

Updated: March 14, 2013

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, and the
Boston Bruins overcame some lapses in lethargy to beat the struggling Florida
Panthers, 4-1, at TD Garden.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves for the Bruins, who have won four of their last five

Scott Clemmensen stopped 28 shots for Florida, which has dropped five straight
games and eight of nine overall.

The Bruins were very sluggish at times after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the
first period on goals by Zdeno Chara and Bergeron.

An early power-play in the second period presented Boston with a chance to pad
its advantage.

The Bruins, however, wound up surrendering their first short-handed goal this
season, as an errant pass at the blue line led to Shawn Matthias beating Rask
with a backhander after a dogged effort at 3:10.

Boston regained a two-goal lead when Shawn Thornton circled the Florida net
and buried a loose puck at the 12:43 mark of the third period.

Bergeron added an empty-netter with 58 seconds remaining.

Chara opened the scoring by letting a slap shot go from atop the left circle
3:55 into the game. Bergeron then finished off a pretty passing sequence by
tapping in a feed from Brad Marchand with 5:04 left in the first.

Game Notes

Claude Julien (246) moved into sole possession of second place on the Bruins’
all-time coaching wins list. He had been tied with Milt Schmidt … Art Ross
holds the top spot with 361 victories … Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen
announced Thursday that forward Kris Versteeg will require season-ending knee