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Tuukka Rask makes 33 saves in Bruins win

Boston scores shorthanded, on penalty shot against Panthers

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Goalie Tuukka Rask and strong penalty-killing helped the Boston Bruins defeat the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot early in the first period, Dominic Moore scored a shorthanded goal in the second, and the Bruins (5-4-0) were 7-for-7 on the penalty kill in their 2-1 victory at BB&T Center.

"The PK all night was very good keeping them on the outside and trying to keep the shots on the outside," said Rask, who made 33 saves. "It's patience from the forwards and good play reads by the D-men and the people underneath. That was great."

Rask came within 4:35 of his second consecutive shutout. He has allowed one goal or fewer in four of his five starts this season.

"He looked good tonight and (he's) the main reason we're standing here with two points," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Marchand scored on a penalty shot 3:53 into the game to make it 1-0 after he was hooked from behind by former Bruins forward Reilly Smith on a breakaway. Boston carried that lead into the second period despite being outshot 13-3 in the first.

Video: BOS@FLA: Moore rattles iron for shorthanded goal

Moore made it 2-0 at 6:16 of the second period with a slap shot from a sharp angle that bounced out quickly after hitting the inside post. The goal light never came on, but play was stopped five seconds after the shot, and the goal was awarded after a video review.

"Sometimes you can surprise a goalie from those kinds of angles and you try to release it quick and you never know," Moore said. "It was just fortunate that it found its way."

Denis Malgin scored his first NHL goal for the Panthers (4-5-1), who were back at home after going 1-3-0 on a four-game road trip. Roberto Luongo made 24 saves.

"He's playing good hockey for us lately," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said of Malgin, a 19-year-old rookie from Switzerland. "He's getting some opportunities. He looks like a real good young hockey player. It was good to see him get that goal tonight. That'll definitely help his confidence, for sure."

Malgin beat Rask to the blocker side from the slot after taking a pass from defenseman Keith Yandle to make it 2-1 at 15:25 of the third period. The goal ended Rask's shutout streak at 131:11.

Video: BOS@FLA: Rask denies Pysyk's one-timer with the pad

 

Goal of the game

Marchand beat Luongo with a high backhand after a deke for his 300th NHL point. It was his fourth penalty-shot goal in five attempts since entering the League in 2009-10.

Video: BOS@FLA: Marchand buries penalty shot with backhand

 

Save of the game

It wasn't necessarily an acrobatic save, but with Boston leading 2-0, Rask had to make a difficult stop on a shot from the point by defenseman Jason Demers with 8:05 remaining. With traffic in front, Rask didn't see the puck until late and kicked out his right leg at the last second to make the save.

 

Unsung moment of the game

Boston led 1-0 late in the first period when Florida defenseman Michael Matheson came in on a breakaway after stealing the puck in the Panthers zone. But as Matheson was about to shoot from close range, the puck went off the end of his stick and wide of the net.

 

Highlight of the game

Florida's seventh and final power play came with 3:20 left in the game. With the Panthers trailing 2-1, Gallant pulled Luongo for an extra attacker. Florida had four shots on the power play, two more than on its first six power plays combined, but couldn't score on Rask.

 

They said it

"I don't think anyone had to talk in between the first and second to realize how bad we were. The second was much better, and we got back in the game. We were lucky to be up by one, and Tuukka [Rask] really kept us in it. Definitely too many penalties, but we got it done on the PK." -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron

 

"I need to be better. I need to make saves. Can't let in deflating goals like that; it changes the momentum of the game. I've just got to make sure I make the save when it's needed and give the guys a boost, whether that's stopping a penalty shot in the first few minutes or not letting them score shorthanded there." -- Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo

 

"We got outworked on our power play, and that was the bottom line. You got your skill and your talent out there, but when you go out there and you stand around and try to make cute plays like we did tonight, it's not going to work. You've got to work hard on the power play. Work comes before the skill, and we didn't do that." -- Panthers coach Gerard Gallant

 

Video: BOS@FLA: Malgin nets first NHL goal from the slot

 

Need to know

Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles left the game midway through the third period after taking a high stick from Florida forward Kyle Rau, who was assessed a double minor. … Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr played his 1,639th NHL game, tying Dave Andreychuk for sixth on the all-time list. … Bergeron was in the lineup despite missing the morning skate. Center Sean Kuraly was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis but was a healthy scratch. … Bruins forward David Pastrnak served the second of his two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi last Wednesday. … Marchand and David Krejci each hit the post for Boston in the final 10 minutes.

 

What's next

Bruins: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, NESN, NHL.TV)

Panthers: Home against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Marchand, Moore help Bruins top Panthers, 2-1

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