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Panthers complete season sweep of Bruins behind Gratton

Feb 25, 2007 - 5:58 AM
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- If the Florida Panthers played the Boston Bruins more often, they likely would be in a playoff spot.

Chris Gratton scored two goals and set up another and Stephen Weiss added a tally and two assists as the Panthers completed a season sweep of the Bruins with a 7-2 triumph.

Nathan Horton, Martin Gelinas and captain Olli Jokinen each had a goal and an assist and Juraj Kolnik set up three tallies for the Panthers, who outscored the Bruins, 24-10, in the four-game series. Despite the victory, Florida remained 10 points behind Carolina for the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.

"Yeah, we match up pretty well against (Boston)," Gratton said. "I wouldn't say it's having another team's number because the circumstances are always different, but it is interesting how things work out against certain teams."

"I guess we would like to play Boston more often," Florida coach Jacques Martin added.

Florida improved to 4-1-2 in its last seven games overall and 10-2-3 in its last 15 at home.

The Bruins, who posted a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, denied being tired in this one.

"Everybody has to play back-to-back," Boston goaltender Tim Thomas said. "We played Tampa Bay when they had a back-to-back last night. You can't use that as an excuse. For some reason, Florida really has our number. We were hoping to change that coming into tonight's game, but I have to guess they play their best games of the year against us."

The Panthers took control of the game early, scoring three times in the first period and twice midway through the second for a commanding 5-0 lead. Ville Peltonen opened the scoring 4 1/2 minutes into the game, Weiss netted a power-play goal less than three minutes later and Horton added a shorthanded tally in the final minute of the session for a three-goal bulge.

"We played very disciplined in the first period, and it kind of set the tone for the rest of the game," Gratton said. "The guys came out real hard and played aggressively."

"It's disappointing, a little humiliating and embarrassing," Thomas said. "I certainly didn't help out at all at the beginning, when we needed big saves."

Thomas was pulled after allowing three goals on 19 shots in the first period. He was on the losing end of all four game vs. Florida this season, surrendering a total of 18 tallies.

Gratton and Jokinen scored 80 seconds apart in the middle session to increase the lead.

Defenseman Alexei Semenov unleashed a shot that Gratton tipped past netminder Hannu Toivonen at 11:28 of the second for his first goal of the game. He completed his first multi-goal effort of the season at 7:12 of the third, capping the scoring by jamming his own rebound by Toivonen.

Marc Savard and Brad Boyes scored for Boston, which concluded its season-high six-game road trip with a 4-2-0 mark.

"It was a very positive road trip for us at a critical time of the season," Boston coach Dave Lewis said.

Ed Belfour made 25 saves for Florida, which outshot Boston, 52-27. The shot total was the Panthers' second-highest of the season, two shy of their output in a 7-3 win over the Washington Capitals on January 13.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 2 0 2
    FLORIDA 3 2 2 7 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - VILLE PELTONEN 11 (JURAJ KOLNIK, CHRIS GRATTON) 4:33
    FLA - (PP) STEPHEN WEISS 13 (MARTIN GELINAS, OLLI JOKINEN)
    7:19
    FLA - (SH) NATHAN HORTON 22 (STEPHEN WEISS, BRYAN ALLEN)
    19:11
    2ND PRD: FLA - CHRIS GRATTON

    Feb 24 10:01 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 2
    FLORIDA 7
    3RD PRD: FLA - CHRIS GRATTON 11 (JURAJ KOLNIK) 7:12

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 9:40 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 2
    FLORIDA 6
    3RD PRD: FLA - (PP) MARTIN GELINAS 11 (NATHAN HORTON, STEPHEN WEISS)
    5:35

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 9:35 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 2 2
    FLORIDA 3 2 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - VILLE PELTONEN 11 (JURAJ KOLNIK, CHRIS GRATTON) 4:33
    FLA - (PP) STEPHEN WEISS 13 (MARTIN GELINAS, OLLI JOKINEN)
    7:19
    FLA - (SH) NATHAN HORTON 22 (STEPHEN WEISS, BRYAN ALLEN)
    19:11
    2ND PRD: FLA - C

    Feb 24 9:08 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 2
    FLORIDA 5
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) BRAD BOYES 12 (MARCO STURM, MARC SAVARD) 14:57

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 8:59 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 1
    FLORIDA 5
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) MARC SAVARD 21 (PATRICE BERGERON, BRAD BOYES)
    14:09 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 8:59 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    FLORIDA 5
    2ND PRD: FLA - OLLI JOKINEN 25 (JOZEF STUMPEL, MIKE VAN RYN) 12:48

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 8:55 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    FLORIDA 4
    2ND PRD: FLA - CHRIS GRATTON 10 (ALEXEI SEMENOV, JURAJ KOLNIK) 11:28

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 8:52 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 0
    FLORIDA 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - VILLE PELTONEN 11 (JURAJ KOLNIK, CHRIS GRATTON) 4:33
    FLA - (PP) STEPHEN WEISS 13 (MARTIN GELINAS, OLLI JOKINEN)
    7:19
    FLA - (SH) NATHAN HORTON 22 (STEPHEN WEISS) 19:11
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND

    Feb 24 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    FLORIDA 3
    1ST PRD: FLA - (SH) NATHAN HORTON 22 (STEPHEN WEISS) 19:11

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    FLORIDA 2
    1ST PRD: FLA - (PP) STEPHEN WEISS 13 (MARTIN GELINAS, OLLI JOKINEN)
    7:19 (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 7:52 PM


  • NHL
    BOSTON 0
    FLORIDA 1
    1ST PRD: FLA - VILLE PELTONEN 11 (JURAJ KOLNIK, CHRIS GRATTON) 4:33

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 24 7:45 PM