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Florida at Boston

Panthers 6, Bruins 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The Florida Panthers seem to be getting contributions from just about everyone lately.

Olli Jokinen and David Booth scored 14 seconds apart in the second period, Richard Zednik had two goals, and the Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 6-3 Saturday night.

Nathan Horton and Ville Peltonen also scored for the Panthers, who won for the fourth time in five games and scored 24 goals during that stretch.

Even goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who stopped 38 shots, added an assist.

Peltonen, playing his first game after missing 24 because of a broken foot, felt as though he made a perfect return.

Florida has won three of four during its five-game road trip that concludes Sunday at Buffalo.

"A win. A goal. It feels great," Peltonen said. "Watching those games, I didn't want to be the guy who brings the loss with me. It was great to come back with the win, awesome feeling."

Glen Murray, Zdeno Chara and Marco Sturm scored for Boston, which lost its third straight home game.

The teams -- normally conservative offensively -- opened things up in a five-goal second period when Boston blew leads of 2-1 and 3-2.

Trailing 3-2, the Panthers struck quickly and scored twice. Florida coach Jacques Martin felt his team benefited from being aggressive with the puck.

"I think some people are finding the net, but also I think moving the puck out of our zone has helped," he said. "I think we have done a better job of going to the net."

With Marc Savard in the penalty box for holding, Jokinen took the puck out of his own end, cut between a pair of defensemen before beating Tim Thomas between the pads with a backhander at 16:23 for his team-leading 28th goal.

On the ensuing shift, Booth scored out of a scramble in front, banging home a shot from in close.

Boston coach Claude Julien considered pulling Thomas after the second goal, but knew it wasn't the goalie's fault.

"There was some thought there. I'm not going to deny that," he said. "But our whole club kind of collapsed there."

Thomas finished with 21 saves.

"You usually get better as the game goes on," he said. "It just went backward. You've got to forget about it on one hand, but on the other you've got to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Julien was upset that Jokinen was able to go up the ice so easily.

"We usually don't let guys carry the puck from one end to the other," he said.

Horton redirected Stephen Weiss' shot from the point between Thomas' legs for a power-play goal, making it 5-3 early in the third.

Boston had taken a 2-1 edge when Murray one-timed a shot inside the left post from the slot at 2:46 for his first goal since Dec. 12. He returned to action for Friday's 3-2 shootout win in Buffalo after missing 19 games with a hip flexor injury.

Zednik's second of the game tied it at 2 when he batted his own rebound over Thomas' right shoulder at 11:08, but the Bruins regained the lead on Sturm's 19th that completed a 3-on-2 rush.

Boston had taken a 1-0 lead when Chara poked in his own rebound for a power-play goal 2:19 into the game. The Panthers tied it on Zednik's first of the night when he one-timed Jokinen's cross-ice pass by Thomas.

Notes

Vokoun had his sixth assist of the season on Jokinen's goal. ... Zednik has six goals and three assists in four games. ... Thomas has lost his last three starts. ... Vokoun has started 51 of 56 games this season. ... Sturm earned his 200th NHL assist.
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Scoreboard
Florida  (26-26-5) «1326
Boston (28-22-5)1203
Three Stars
R. Zednik
FLA


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
O. Jokinen
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
G. Murray
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:19Power Play - Zdeno Chara (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Glen Murray, Marco Sturm
13:11Richard Zednik (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Olli Jokinen, Branislav Mezei
2ND PERIOD
02:46Glen Murray (11), Snap Shot. Assist: P.J. Axelsson, David Krejci
11:08Richard Zednik (15), Tip-In. Assist: Brett McLean, Bryan Allen
12:40Marco Sturm (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Phil Kessel, Marc Savard
16:23Power Play - Olli Jokinen (28), Backhand Shot. Assist: Tomas Vokoun
16:37David Booth (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ruslan Salei, Branislav Mezei
3RD PERIOD
03:32Power Play - Nathan Horton (16), Tip-In. Assist: Stephen Weiss, Jay Bouwmeester
12:05Ville Peltonen (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Gregory Campbell, Jay Bouwmeester
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
44.0Allen, 2 min, Hooking
04:34Krejci, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
08:41Ward, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
05:21Booth, 2 min, Hooking
15:51Savard, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
03:12Savard, 2 min, Hooking
09:57Peltonen, 2 min, Tripping
14:06Cullimore, 2 min, Tripping
17:02Sturm, 4 min, High-Sticking
17:59Weiss, 2 min, Tripping
18:41Cullimore, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Florida714627
Boston10151641
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Tomas Vokoun60:00383
Tim Thomas59:44216
Game Information
Attendance - 16893
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Steve Kozari
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Lyle Seitz
 
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