Rask backs Bruins over struggling Panthers

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Updated: November 7, 2013

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – Tuukka Rask stopped 23-of-24 shots he faced
in net to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on
Thursday.

David Krejci netted his third goal of the season midway through the second
period for Boston, which has now won five in a row over the Panthers. Brad
Marchand, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith also scored for the Bruins.

Jesse Winchester scored the lone Florida goal late in the third period. The
Panthers have dropped seven consecutive games.

Scott Clemmensen allowed all four goals on 30 shots between the pipes for
Florida.

The Bruins opened the scoring when Krejci and Zdeno Chara executed a give-and-
go at the point before Krejci unleashed a one-timer that beat a screened
Clemmensen.

Marchand crashed the net and scored the eventual game-winner 4:09 into the
third period when he tapped in a Dennis Seidenberg rebound. Seidenberg ripped
a shot from the blue line, which trickled past Clemmensen and into the goal
mouth for Marchand to poke in.

Chris Kelly skated into the Florida zone and slid a pass to a trailing Krug,
who blasted it into the back of the net for a 3-0 advantage.

The Panthers capitalized on a Boston turnover late in the third and Winchester
was the benefactor, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Smith’s goal came with 1:47 left in the contest when he intercepted a clearing
attempt by Tomas Fleischmann and found himself wide open in front of the goal.
Smith corralled the puck and wristed a shot past Clemmensen for the final
tally.

Game Notes

The Panthers have now scored first in just four of 16 games this season …
Scottie Upshall’s three-game point streak came to an end for the Panthers …
Florida went 0-for-4 on the power-play.