SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Anton Lundell, Aleksander Barkov and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the second period as the Florida Panthers beat Boston 5-2 on Wednesday night, ending the Bruins’ seven-game winning streak.
The Panthers took advantage of seven power-play opportunities by scoring three power-play goals, 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.
“We needed a few wins because we got ahead of our opponents and played really well, we just don’t get the wins,” Barkov said. “(Wednesday) we deserved to win. We played a solid game and now we just have to keep going. We know they’re a very good team, and a good team for a reason. We played the best game possible, but we can improve.
Boston got goals from Charlie McAvoy and David Pastrnak. Jeremy Swayman made 26 saves.
Florida entered the game leading the NHL in total shots on goal and had been outshot in just three games before Boston fired 15 shots on Knight in the first period and finished the period with a advantage of 39-29.
The Panthers took the lead on a power-play goal from Reinhart 1:49 into the game on a back-and-forth from Tkachuk.
Boston tied the game on McAvoy’s slapshot with a two-man powerplay with 2:46 left in the first.
Florida ended up killing a four-minute penalty on Lundell early in the second – Lundell definitely giving his team the lead with his second goal of the season at 4:41 into 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.
“We were better in the second and third period for sure,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said. “Boston are a dangerous team, playing with a lot of confidence. They have a lot of speed. We built during the game. Spencer Knight was very strong in the first half and gave you that good feeling from your goalkeeper and we really relied on that.
Boston had a second 5-for-3 advantage in the third and cashed in again with a slap shot from the slot – this one coming from Pastrnak.
The Panthers, again, killed the rest of the penalty and limited the damage.
With 3:54 to go, Charlie Coyle scored, but the goal was immediately canceled as Nick Foligno played the puck with his hand.
With 2:10 to go, Ekblad scored into the empty net.
It was Boston’s second seven-game winning streak of the season, the first lasting from October 20 to November 21. 3; the second began Nov. 7 against Buffalo.
Florida entered a three-game winless streak, with losses in four of its previous five games.
“We didn’t push that much, but (we had trouble with) turnovers and taking too many minor penalties,” Boston coach Jim Montgomery said. “I thought the first half was a very good period, and the second – until they scored the second goal – I thought we were playing again.”
NOTES: The Florida Panthers started last season with 11 straight home wins, tying the NHL record set by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1963. Boston, which returns home to face Carolina on Friday, has a chance to win. set the record as he won his first 11 at home this season. … Boston forward Craig Smith played his 800th NHL game on Wednesday night. Ekblad scored his 100th NHL goal.
Bruins: Host the Hurricanes on Friday afternoon.
Panthers: hosts of the Blues on Saturday night.
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