Panthers score 3 in 2nd period, halt Bruins win streak at 7

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Anton Lundell, Aleksander Barkov and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the second period as the Florida Panthers defeated Boston 5-2 on Wednesday night to break the Bruins’ seven-game winning streak.

The Panthers capitalized on seven power play opportunities by scoring three goals with man advantage, including two in the second period.

Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad also scored for Florida. Spencer Knight, who spent two seasons at Boston College before joining the Panthers in 2021, made 37 saves in the win.

Boston got goals from Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak. Jeremy Swayman made 24 saves.

Entering the game, Florida led the NHL in total shots on target and was outshot in just three games before Boston made 15 shots on Knight in the opening period to finish the frame leading 39–29.

The Panthers took the lead on a power play goal by Reinhart 1:49 into the game after a give-and-go by Tkachuk.

Boston tied the score on McAvoy’s slap shot with a two-man power play advantage with 2:46 left in the first.

Florida ended up killing a four-minute penalty on Lundell at the start of the second – with Lundell putting his team ahead for good with his second goal of the season at 4:41 in the period.

The Panthers then added two more goals in the final four minutes of the second to take a 4–1 lead in the third.

Boston had a second 5-to-3 advantage in the third and again cashed in with a slack shot from the slot – it came from Pastrnak.

The Panthers again killed the remainder of the penalty and limited the damage.

With 3:54 left, Charlie Coyle scored, but the goal was immediately disallowed as Nick Foligno played the puck with his hand.

With 2:10 to go, Ekblad scored into the empty net.

This was Boston’s second seven-game winning streak of the season, the first being from October 20 to Nov. 3; the second started on November 7 against Buffalo.

Florida began a three-game winless streak, with losses in four of the previous five games.

NOTES: The Florida Panthers started last season with 11 consecutive home wins, tying the 1963 Chicago Blackhawks’ NHL record. 11 at home this season. Florida lost its attempt to set the record last December when it lost to expansion Seattle Kraken in Sunrise. … Boston forward Craig Smith played in his 800th NHL game on Wednesday night. Ekblad recorded his 100th NHL goal. …Florida was charged with two four-minute high-sticking calls: Lundell in the second and Eetu Luostarinen in the third. Both came on power plays in Boston, giving the Bruins a 5-to-3 lead.

NEXT ONE

Bruins: Host Hurricanes on Friday afternoon.

Panthers: Host Blues on Saturday night.

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