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Atlantic Beach: Boston Bruins 4, Florida Panthers 3



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SUNRISE — The Battle for the Atlantic, featuring the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, did not disappoint.

The two teams are not only atop their division, but have a most-recent playoff history.

Tuesday night’s game looked like it.

The Panthers and Bruins came to play, with Boston ending up scoring twice in the final four minutes to pull out a 4-3 win and take sole possession of first place in the division.

Boston is 3-0 against the Panthers this season.

Florida took the initial lead just 27 seconds into the game when Evan Rodrigues cleaned up a loose puck left off a sharp shot from Sasha Barkov that goalie Jeremy Swayman could not handle.

The Panthers had a few more chances to extend their lead early, but the Bruins were not going to let this one get out of their sight.

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Charlie McAvoy tied it later in the period — only to see Sam Reinhart connect on a sweet pass from Eetu Luostarinen to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead going into the second.

David Pastrnak got the only goal in a spirited second period, getting all alone in front of Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Florida goalie committed to the puck and Pastrnak went up high to make it 2-2.

Carter Verhaeghe gave the Panthers the lead back midway through the third — but a power-play goal from Trent Frederic made it 3-3.

Boston’s Pavel Zacha took one off the boot from a Pastrnak shot and that was enough to win it.

Florida is now 2 points back of the Bruins — but still have a game-in-hand. Boston plays again Wednesday in Tampa meaning Florida will have played two fewer games come Thursday when the Panthers welcome in the Islanders.


  • Panthers 1, Bruins 0 (0:27, 1st): Evan Rodrigues got the Panthers off to a quick start, jamming home a loose puck left off a sharp shot from Sasha Barkov which got past Jeremy Swayman and was just sitting there waiting for someone to sweep it home.
  • Bruins 1, Panthers 1 (17:43, 1st): Charlie McAvoy hammers a nice cross-ice feed from Matt Grzelcyk from the right circle to tie ‘er up.
  • Panthers 2, Bruins 1 (18:56, 1st): Eetu Luostarinen made an elite pass through traffic to find Sam Reinhart in front of the net for No. 51.
  • Bruins 2, Panthers 2 (15:59, 2nd): David Pastrnak got his 100th point of the season in style, getting alone in front of the net and going top shelf after getting Sergei Bobrovsky to commit.
  • Panthers 3, Bruins 2 (9:53, 3rd): Carter Verhaeghe gets yet another third-period, go-ahead goal, this one from the left circle to give Florida its third lead of the night.
  • Bruins 3, Panthers 3 (15:38, 3rd PP): Trent Frederic one-timed a pass from Brad Marchand in the slot to tie this game for the third time.
  • Bruins 4, Panthers 3 (17:39, 3rd): The Bruins took their first and only lead when Pavel Zacha deflected a Pastrnak shot with his skate.


1. David Pastrnak, Boston

2. Jeremy Swayman, Boston

3. Carter Verhaeghe, Florida



  • When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports SUN, ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL app
  • Last Season: Florida won 2-1
  • This Season (Series Tied 1-1) — At Florida: Islanders 4, Panthers 3 (Dec. 2); Thursday. At Islanders: Panthers 3, Islanders 2 OT (Jan 27).
  • All-time regular season series: Panthers lead 57-33-11, 8 ties
  • Next Up for the Panthers: Saturday vs. Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

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