Thomas, Bruins top Panthers in shootout

SUNRISE — Blake Wheeler had the only goal in the shootout Monday night to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Panthers.

Tim Thomas, who came in leading the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage, had 32 saves. He then stopped Mike Santorelli, Stephen Weiss and Evgeny Dadonov in the shootout.

David Krejci had both regulation goals for Boston. Michael Ryder had two assists.

David Booth and Mike Santorelli scored for the Panthers and Michael Frolik had two assists.

Scott Clemmensen, making his seventh start of the season, stopped 40 shots for Florida.

Boston won for the first time in four shootouts. Florida dropped to 2-1.

Boston trailed 2-1 entering the third period before Krejci tied it at 10:35 off a nifty pass from Wheeler.

Krejci took Wheeler's pass while skating in front of Clemmensen and beat the goalie with a deke to his backhand.

Santorelli broke a 1-1 tie at 15:51 of the second period. His goal was allowed after a video review to determine whether his tip of Frolik's wrist shot from the point was caused by a high stick.

Booth opened the scoring 1:02 into the second when he grabbed a loose puck in the Boston zone, spun around and beat Thomas with a wrist shot from the slot.

Krejci tied it at 9:05 of the second on a rebound off a slap shot from the point by defenseman Zdeno Chara.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Defenseman Matt Gilroy had his first two-goal game in the NHL, and the host Rangers recorded a season-high 52 shots to beat the Islanders 7-2, handing their rivals their first loss in four games. … Rick Nash scored in the shootout and had two assists to become Columbus' franchise leader and lift the host Blue Jackets past the Wild 4-3. Nash has 206 assists, breaking a tie with David Vyborny (204). He is also the club leader in goals (244) and points (450).

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Predators forward Jordin Tootoo voluntarily entered into in-patient care through the NHL-NHLPA substance abuse and behavioral health program. Tootoo will be paid his full salary, and he will face no penalty from the league as long as he complies with his treatment and the followup care program. … Red Wings forward Danny Cleary will miss at least a month after he broke his left ankle on a shot attempt by a teammate Sunday night in Minnesota. … The Blackhawks hope to have star Patrick Kane back tonight at St. Louis; he has missed three weeks with a left ankle injury. … Senators center Jason Spezza (right shoulder) is out indefinitely.

Bruins 0 1 1 0 3
at Panthers 0 2 0 0 2
Bruins win shootout 1-0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesB.Thomas, Fla (goaltender interference), 16:23; Chara, Bos (diving), 18:05; Reasoner, Fla (hooking), 18:05.

Second Period1, Florida, Booth 9 (Frolik), 1:02. 2, Boston, Krejci 6 (Ryder, Chara), 9:05. 3, Florida, Santorelli 10 (Frolik, Allen), 15:51. PenaltiesT.Thomas, Bos, served by Thornton (delay of game), 16:39.

Third Period4, Boston, Krejci 7 (Wheeler, Ryder), 10:35. PenaltiesSavard, Bos (hooking), 6:14.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutBoston 1 (Seguin NG, Wheeler G), Florida 0 (Santorelli NG, Weiss NG, Dadonov NG). Shots on GoalBoston 12-14-12-4—42. Florida 10-11-12-1—34. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 1; Florida 0 of 2. GoaliesBoston, T.Thomas 17-4-3 (34 shots-32 saves). Florida, Clemmensen 2-4-1 (42-40). A19,250 (17,040). T2:30. Referees—Greg Kimmerly, Don Van Massenhoven. LinesmenDerek Amell, Pierre Racicot.

at Rangers 2 2 3 7
Islanders 2 0 0 2

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Gilroy 1 (Drury, Dubinsky), :44. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Schremp 7 (Wisniewski, Comeau), 7:51. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Parenteau 8 (Moulson, Tavares), 9:43. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 10 (Staal, Stepan), 19:09 (pp). PenaltiesGillies, NYI (roughing, roughing), 11:39; Prust, NYR (roughing, roughing), 11:39; Hamonic, NYI (tripping), 18:14.

Second Period5, N.Y. Rangers, Gilroy 2 (Boyle), 12:08. 6, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 13 (Rozsival), 18:21. PenaltiesKonopka, NYI (delay of game), 2:19; Rozsival, NYR (hooking), 13:12; Parenteau, NYI (delay of game), 15:54.

Third Period7, N.Y. Rangers, Dubinsky 15 (Anisimov, Drury), 4:14. 8, N.Y. Rangers, Fedotenko 7 (Prust, Boyle), 9:05. 9, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 11 (Gaborik, Zuccarello), 10:34 (pp). PenaltiesAnisimov, NYR (hooking), :22; Martin, NYI (slashing), 9:32; Konopka, NYI (roughing), 20:00; Sauer, NYR (roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 12-4-4—20. N.Y. Rangers 18-18-16—52. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 2; N.Y. Rangers 2 of 4. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Roloson 5-13-1 (52 shots-45 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 15-12-2 (20-18). A18,200 (18,200). T2:21. Referees—Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland. LinesmenScott Cherrey, Jean Morin.

at Blue Jackets 0 1 2 0 4
Wild 1 1 1 0 3
Columbus won shootout 3-1

First Period1, Minnesota, Kobasew 4 (Schultz, Staubitz), 2:59. PenaltiesStaubitz, Min, major (fighting), 9:29; Boll, Clm, major (fighting), 9:29; Methot, Clm (slashing), 12:10; Pahlsson, Clm (holding), 18:29.

Second Period2, Columbus, Brassard 9 (Huselius, Nash), 9:16. 3, Minnesota, Koivu 8 (Miettinen, Zidlicky), 19:58. PenaltiesCommodore, Clm, major (boarding), 2:48; Brodziak, Min (goaltender interference), 5:24; Tyutin, Clm (elbowing), 6:57; Pahlsson, Clm (interference), 10:05; Staubitz, Min (roughing), 18:33; Boll, Clm (roughing), 18:33.

Third Period4, Columbus, Tyutin 2 (Boll, Nash), 6:54. 5, Columbus, Murray 2 (Methot, Pahlsson), 7:35. 6, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 10 (Zidlicky, Kobasew), 11:38. PenaltiesStaubitz, Min, major (fighting), 3:27; Sestito, Clm, major (fighting), 3:27; Barker, Min (roughing), 9:15; Methot, Clm (roughing, slashing), 9:15; Brunette, Min (slashing), 9:49; Brassard, Clm (holding stick), 9:49.

OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone.

ShootoutMinnesota 1 (Koivu NG, Bouchard G), Columbus 3 (Nash G, Wilson G, Huselius G). Shots on GoalMinnesota 11-14-11-4—40. Columbus 7-6-8-1—22. Power-play opportunitiesMinnesota 0 of 7; Columbus 0 of 0. GoaliesMinnesota, Theodore 4-5-2 (22 shots-19 saves). Columbus, Mason 10-9-1 (40-37). A14,454 (18,144). T2:44. Referees—Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh. LinesmenDavid Brisebois, Tim Nowak.

Thomas, Bruins top Panthers in shootout 12/27/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 27, 2010 11:15pm]

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