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Tuukka Rask, Bruins shut out Panthers

Boston goalie makes 25 saves, Brad Marchand scores twice

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Tuukka Rask made 25 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and Brad Marchand scored two goals to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

Rask continued his dominance of the Panthers (17-16-8); he entered with an 18-3-1 record, a 1.53 goals-against average, a .949 save percentage and three shutouts in 22 games against Florida. 

"I like Florida," Rask said. "It's warm and sunny here. I don't know. No particular reason, I don't think. We've played some good games against them throughout the years. They've always been kind of low-scoring games too, but tough to say (the reason for his dominance against Florida)."


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David Backes, back in the lineup after missing three games because of a concussion, and Riley Nash also scored for the Bruins (21-17-4), who avoided a three-game losing streak.

James Reimer, who made his second consecutive start for Florida in place of injured Roberto Luongo, made 33 saves.

Boston is 4-0 against Florida this season; Rask has allowed a total of five goals in those games.

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"Sometimes that's just the way it works," Marchand said. "Different teams, different players, goalies that feel good against certain teams and over time that confidence grows and builds. He always plays very well.

"I don't think it's even just Florida; he plays great every night. He's been extremely good this year and he gives us an opportunity to win every game. It happens to work out that he plays good here."

Marchand, who had his first two-goal game since the season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets, scored a shorthanded goal in the first period and on the power play in the second.

"That's the kind of guy he is," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He can score in all situations. Tonight he was having a good night."

The Panthers, who placed forward Nick Bjugstad on injured reserve after he sustained a lower-body injury against the Nashville Predators on Friday, lost forward Greg McKegg to an upper-body injury in the second period.

"Our guys are giving it every single thing they have and were working hard tonight," Panthers coach Tom Rowe said. "We played a very good team tonight, had their entire lineup, the first time they were healthy all year. Our guys accounted well for themselves from an effort standpoint. We just made some systems mistakes and they took advantage of them."


Goal of the game

Backes scored at 4:13 of the second period when he stood in front of the net and redirected David Krejci's wrist shot from the high slot between Reimer's legs.

Video: BOS@FLA: Backes deflects Krejci's shot past Reimer

Save of the game

In the opening minute of the game, Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr skated across the middle of the Bruins zone and sent a high wrist shot on net, but Rask threw his body to his left to make the glove save.

Video: BOS@FLA: Rask turns away Jagr with upper-body save


Highlight of the game

Marchand opened the scoring 12:48 into the game when he got a breakaway after blocking Keith Yandle's shot from the point and beat Reimer with a deke to his backhand.

Video: BOS@FLA: Marchand finishes shorthanded breakaway


Unsung performance of the game

Jagr had another good scoring chance in the scoring period after taking a pass from behind the net from Vincent Trocheck. Skating across the crease, Jagr kept holding the puck but defenseman Brandon Carlo stayed with him the whole way and got his stick in the way to prevent much of Jagr's shot.

They said it

"We've had some tough nights where we've worked hard and we haven't got the results. This is one of the few games that we've been able to extend a lead and get ourselves a win that we feel much better about." -- Bruins coach Claude Julien


"He's a huge part of our team, not only on the ice but on the bench, in the room. He brings so many different aspects to the game. We can follow him. It was great to have him back. He didn't miss a beat, scoring a nice goal there and helped our team win." -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand on David Backes


"He's a great goalie. He's had our number for a while." -- Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad on Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask

Need to know

Rowe said Bjugstad would miss approximately two weeks. … Goalie Sam Brittain was recalled from Manchester of the ECHL to back up Reimer, but Rowe said Luongo could be back in action for the Panthers' next game, Monday against the New Jersey Devils. … Boston defenseman Torey Krug's assist on Marchand's power-play goal was his ninth in eight games. … Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad played in his 200th NHL game.

What's next

Bruins: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-SE, NESN, NHL.TV)

Panthers: At the New Jersey Devils on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, MSG+, FS-F, NHL.TV)


Video: Marchand, Rask lead Bruins past Panthers, 4-0

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