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Bruins rally to top Panthers in shootout

Feb 22, 2008 - 5:33 AM
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Alex Auld did not let the Boston Bruins' late comeback go to waste.

Marco Sturm scored the lone goal in the shootout and Auld stopped all three attempts he faced in the bonus format as the Bruins skated to a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Sturm had a goal and two assists in regulation and All-Star Marc Savard set up a pair of tallies for the Bruins, who became the third straight team to rally from a two-goal deficit against the Panthers.

"Coming into the third, one thing we knew was that (Florida) has blown two leads in a couple of games," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "We concentrated on getting that next goal and knew they'd probably tighten up after that. Those two points are huge for us."

Trailing, 4-2, late in the third period, the Bruins scored goals 98 seconds apart to tie the contest.

Captain Zdeno Chara scored a power-play goal off a feed from Sturm with 6:49 left, and Phil Kessel netted his 15th of the season with 5:12 remaining, beating All-Star goaltender Tomas Vokoun with a wrist shot.

"We didn't play our best game," Chara said. "We started well, a lot of energy. For some reason, we were trying too hard and getting frustrated. We hit a couple posts and (Vokoun) made some good saves."

After a scoreless overtime, Sturm started the shootout by sliding the puck between the pads of Vokoun.

"We knew they had a lot of two-goal leads and they blew it in the third period, and we just kept going," Sturm said. "It's a great feeling."

"Sturm can't go unnoticed for what he did for us tonight," Boston rookie Milan Lucic said. "He scored the first goal and helped set up the third. He did everything he needed to do."

Auld, who had replaced All-Star Tim Thomas to start the third period, made the advantage stand, stopping defenseman Steve Montador, Nathan Horton and captain Olli Jokinen to seal the win.

"The biggest thing is patience and trying not to bite too soon," Auld said. "It was pretty close on that first shot. It almost snuck through."

Montador, fellow blue-liner Jay Bouwmeester, Rostislav Olesz and Kamil Kreps each scored for the Panthers, who were outshot, 48-27.

"It can't be a coincidence, it's happened three nights in a row," Bouwmeester said of his team's failure to protect leads. "You've just got to get it in your head that you can't sit back and wait for bad things to happen. It's our own fault, we're doing it to ourselves."

Thomas allowed four goals on 12 shots and Auld made 15 saves for Boston, which improved to 3-0-1 on its five-game road trip that ends Saturday in Tampa Bay.

Vokoun finished with 44 saves.

"This is not the way you're going to win in this league," Vokoun said. "You can gamble when you're down. But we gamble no matter what, and it may be fun to watch, but it's definitely not the way to win games."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    BOSTON 0 2 2 0 (1) 5
    FLORIDA 1 3 0 0 (0) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 11 (BRYAN ALLEN, KAMIL KREPS) 15:00
    2ND PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 20 (CHUCK KOBASEW, DENNIS WIDEMAN) 1:58
    FLA - STEVE MONTADOR 6 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ, GREGO

    Feb 21 10:25 PM


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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    BOSTON 0 2 2 0 (1) 5
    FLORIDA 1 3 0 0 (0) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 11 (BRYAN ALLEN, KAMIL KREPS) 15:00
    2ND PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 20 (CHUCK KOBASEW, DENNIS WIDEMAN) 1:58
    FLA - STEVE MONTADOR 6 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ, GREGO

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 21 10:25 PM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 2 2 0 4
    FLORIDA 1 3 0 0 4 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 11 (BRYAN ALLEN, KAMIL KREPS) 15:00
    2ND PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 20 (CHUCK KOBASEW, DENNIS WIDEMAN) 1:58
    FLA - STEVE MONTADOR 6 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ, GREGORY CAMP

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 2 2 4
    FLORIDA 1 3 0 4 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 11 (BRYAN ALLEN, KAMIL KREPS) 15:00
    2ND PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 20 (CHUCK KOBASEW, DENNIS WIDEMAN) 1:58
    FLA - STEVE MONTADOR 6 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ, GREGORY CAMPBELL)
    9:32
    FLA - ROSTIS

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    BOSTON 4
    FLORIDA 4
    3RD PRD: BOS - PHIL KESSEL 15 (DAVID KREJCI, MILAN LUCIC) 14:48

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    BOSTON 3
    FLORIDA 4
    3RD PRD: BOS - ZDENO CHARA 12 (MARCO STURM, MARC SAVARD) 13:10

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 21 10:01 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 2 2
    FLORIDA 1 3 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 11 (BRYAN ALLEN, KAMIL KREPS) 15:00
    2ND PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 20 (CHUCK KOBASEW, DENNIS WIDEMAN) 1:58
    FLA - STEVE MONTADOR 6 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ, GREGORY CAMPBELL)
    9:32
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    BOSTON 2
    FLORIDA 4
    2ND PRD: FLA - KAMIL KREPS 6 (JASSEN CULLIMORE) 19:59

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 21 9:15 PM


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    BOSTON 2
    FLORIDA 3
    2ND PRD: BOS - (PP) DENNIS WIDEMAN 9 (MARC SAVARD, MARCO STURM) 16:13

    Bruins vs. PanthersFeb 21 9:05 PM


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    BOSTON 1
    FLORIDA 3
    2ND PRD: FLA - ROSTISLAV OLESZ 10 (STEVE MONTADOR, RUSLAN SALEI) 12:11

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    BOSTON 1
    FLORIDA 2
    2ND PRD: FLA - STEVE MONTADOR 6 (ROSTISLAV OLESZ, GREGORY CAMPBELL)
    9:32

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    BOSTON 1
    FLORIDA 1
    2ND PRD: BOS - MARCO STURM 20 (CHUCK KOBASEW, DENNIS WIDEMAN) 1:58

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOSTON 0 0
    FLORIDA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 11 (BRYAN ALLEN, KAMIL KREPS) 15:00
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BOS 11 11
    FLA 5 5
    GOALIES: BOS - TIM THOMAS
    FLA

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    BOSTON 0
    FLORIDA 1
    1ST PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 11 (BRYAN ALLEN, KAMIL KREPS) 15:00

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