Smith's late goal lifts Bruins past PanthersOct 18, 2013 - 4:55 AM
Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton scored the other two goals, while Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots for the Bruins, who have won four of six to start the season.
"Can't say I'm pleased with our game tonight," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "We started letting up a bit and probably got away from our game, started getting a little cute."
Jesse Winchester and Kris Versteeg had the goals for the Panthers, who have dropped their past three.
Former Bruin Tim Thomas faced the team he won a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy with in 2011, and took the loss after allowing all three goals on 40 shots.
"We lost some faceoffs in our zone and they made us pay for that," said Florida head coach Kevin Dineen. "I liked our last 40 minutes, but the first period might have been our worst of the year."
Trailing by a goal, Florida had tied the game at the 14-minute mark after a left circle faceoff win saw Winchester tip in a Nick Bjugstad shot.
Boston, though, took a 3-2 lead with 58.7 seconds left as a broken play saw the puck get through several players in front, with Smith backhanding it in from the left side for his first goal of the season.
Florida got Thomas out of the net late, but was unable to score the equalizer.
Boston took a 1-0 lead at 3:45 of the first period on Paille's first of the season, and made it 2-0 with 7:13 left thanks to Hamilton's power-play goal.
Versteeg scored his second of the year on a wrister at 12:32 of the second period to make it a 2-1 game.
Thomas had played with the Bruins from 2002 through 2012, and sat out the lockout-shortened season before signing the Panthers this past offseason ... Boston plays in Tampa Bay on Saturday ... Florida hosts Minnesota on Saturday ... Boston won all three games against Florida last season ... Boston was 1- for-3 on the power play, while Florida was 0-for-1.
- KingHockeyMan How sweeeeet it is to beat a DIVA GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS!!! He bailed on his team, fans & players. No team has the time for a man like Tim Thomas. Behind closed doors. The truth is out. HE BAILED, & could of done it in a different way. His old team-mates beat him! LUV IT! & so did they!!! PEACE!
Bruins 3, Panthers 2 FinalOct 17 10:10 PM
- BOSTON: 3
Oct 17 9:59 PM
- Boston Goal - Reilly Smith, at 19:01.
Bruins 3, Panthers 2 3rd - 0:59Oct 17 9:57 PM
- Florida Goal - Jesse Winchester, at 14:00.
Bruins 2, Panthers 2 3rd - 6:00Oct 17 9:45 PM
- BOSTON: 2
End of 2nd
Oct 17 9:02 PM
- Florida Goal - Kris Versteeg (2), at 12:32.
Bruins 2, Panthers 1 2nd - 7:28Oct 17 8:49 PM
- BOSTON: 2
End of 1st
Oct 17 8:11 PM
- Boston Power-Play Goal - Dougie Hamilton, at 12:47.
Bruins 2, Panthers 0 1st - 7:13Oct 17 8:00 PM
- Boston Goal - Daniel Paille, at 3:45.
Bruins 1, Panthers 0 1st - 16:15Oct 17 7:44 PM
- BOSTON: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Oct 17 7:39 PM
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