Boston 3, Florida 2

Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 4-2-0-0 2-2-0-0 2-0-0-0 W1
Florida 2-6-0-0 1-2-0-0 1-4-0-0 L3


Bruins 3, Panthers 2: Reilly Smith scored to snap a tie with 59 seconds remaining in the third period as visiting Boston defeated its former Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Tim Thomas and Florida.

Patrice Bergeron won an offensive zone faceoff as the Bruins played the puck behind the net before it squirted out in front. Smith's backhanded shot from the inner edge of the left circle sailed between the pads of Thomas for his first goal of the season.

Daniel Paille and defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored first-period goals and Tuukka Rask turned aside 27 shots to improve to 8-1-0 in his career versus Florida. David Krejci collected his team-leading fifth assist on Hamilton's power-play tally, which snapped an 0-for-12 drought with the man advantage for the Bruins.

Kris Versteeg scored midway through the second period and Jesse Winchester forged a 2-2 tie after netting his first goal since December 2011. Thomas finished with 37 saves for the Panthers, who opened their season-high six-game homestand by falling into their second three-game losing skid.

After Boston scored twice in the first period, Versteeg converted Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau's touch pass out of the corner before wristing a shot from the right circle past Rask at 12:32 of the second. Winchester knotted it up with six minutes remaining in the third period after Bruins captain Zdeno Chara fumbled the puck in front of Rask after a defensive zone draw, allowing Winchester to chip it over the netminder's extended left pad.

GAME NOTEBOOK: A two-time Vezina Trophy winner and 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient with Boston, Thomas underwent a messy divorce from the club and opted to sit out the 2012-13 season. After signing with Florida, the 39-year-old played in his first game since exiting with a groin injury against Philadelphia on Oct. 8. ... Paille got to Thomas early after streaking up the left wing before chipping the puck over the veteran goaltender's shoulder at 3:45 of the first period. Hamilton doubled the advantage just over nine minutes later after skating along the blue line before unleashing a shot that deflected off Florida D Brian Campbell and past a screened Thomas. ... Three of Hamilton's six career goals have come on the power play.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Florida
Dougie Hamilton 1 Points Kris Versteeg 1
Dougie Hamilton 1 Goals Kris Versteeg 1
Matt Bartkowski 1 Assists Nick Bjugstad 1
Dougie Hamilton 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Tuukka Rask .931 Save Percentage Tim Thomas .925
Tuukka Rask 27 Saves Tim Thomas 37

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Boston 40 3 1-3 1-1 2 31
Florida 29 2 0-1 2-3 6 26

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game at home against Minnesota. The Panthers have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .200 after a loss.
  • Boston will play its next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Bruins have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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