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Bergeron tries to lead Bruins to fifth straight win vs. Panthers

Nov 20, 2006 - 4:38 PM Florida (7-10-4) at Boston (8-7-2) 7:00 pm EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- When the Boston Bruins have needed late heroics to keep their winning streak alive, Patrice Bergeron has managed to supply them.

Bergeron can score the deciding goal for the fourth time in five contests as the Bruins go for their season-high fifth consecutive victory Monday against the Florida Panthers.

After scoring 31 goals for Boston last season, the 21-year-old Bergeron has six tallies and nine assists to rank third on the team in points.

Bergeron netted the game-winner in the third period to enable Boston to beat the Ottawa Senators on November 11. He also recorded the shootout clincher against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday and an overtime tally Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Glen Murray scored in overtime, P.J. Axelsson added his sixth tally and Marc Savard collected two assists for the Bruins in Saturday's 3-2 triumph over the Capitals.

Florida has dropped five of its last six outings and is in last place in the Southeast Division. The Panthers are just 1-6-3 on the road this season.

Despite taking 44 shots on goal, Florida only received Ville Peltonen's first tally of the season in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders.

Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice and Todd Bertuzzi collected a goal and two assists to lead the Panthers to an 8-3 victory over the Bruins in the season opener on October 6.

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