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Boston completes regular season sweep of Florida

Jan 27, 2011 - 7:10 AM
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas made 15 of his 34 saves in the third period, and the Boston Bruins completed a season series sweep of the Florida Panthers with a 2-1 victory at TD Garden.

Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic lit the lamp for the Bruins, who have won four of their last six games.

"We made some mental errors, but we were good enough to win," said Boston head coach Claude Julien.

Boston heads into the All-Star break leading Montreal by four points atop the Northeast Division.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 33 shots for Florida, which has dropped five of six.

Down 2-0, the Panthers got on the board at the 8:37 mark of the third period when Bryan Allen deposited a rebound behind Tomas.

The Boston netminder preserved the win with a stop on Dennis Wideman as time was about to expire.

Marchand's 13th goal of the season gave Boston a 1-0 lead with 6:29 remaining in the first period. The rookie forward gathered a Patrice Bergeron pass, circled the Florida net -- going left to right -- and scored on a wrap-around. The referee initially did not signal goal, but a video review showed that Marchand's shot slid across the line.

The Bruins doubled their advantage 1:52 into the middle stanza on Lucic's wrist shot to the top right corner off a clean faceoff win by David Krejci. It was the 20th goal for Lucic this season, extending a personal best.

Game Notes

Marchand has eight goals this month...Boston improved to 12-4-1 against the Southeast Division...Both teams were 0-for-1 on the power play.