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Panthers top Bruins in Sutter's debut

Marcus Nilson, Ray Whitney and Pavel Bure scored and Roberto Luongo made 24 saves as Florida beat Boston 3-0 Friday night in Duane Sutter's debut as Panthers coach.

Sutter, from a family of six brothers who played in the NHL, replaced Terry Murray on Thursday. Murray and his brother, general manager Bryan, were fired with Florida 6-18-7.

"They seemed to play with a lot of emotion, almost like they were playing for their jobs because of the new coach," Boston goaltender Byron Dafoe said. "We didn't match their intensity. I don't know why."

SHARKS: Bryan Marchment's knee-to-knee hit on Edmonton captain Doug Weight Thursday prompted Weight to draw 39 penalty minutes trying to get revenge.

"I have never tried to hurt anyone like he tried to do to me," said Weight, who had 26 penalty minutes this season before Thursday. "This is my life and career. He took a liberty on my knee. I just snapped."

Marchment and Weight collided three minutes into a 2-2 tie.

"I didn't feel that it was dirty," Marchment said. "I was reaching for the puck."

Marchment has a history with collisions causing knee injuries. He has had a running feud with Dallas since his hits put Mike Modano, Greg Adams and Joe Nieuwendyk out with torn knee ligaments in 1997-98. Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock called him "a sick guy," and Marchment received death threats from Stars fans.

PECA SITS AGAIN: At the Spengler Cup, a five-team invitational tournament in Switzerland, Sabres holdout Michael Peca missed his second straight game for Canada with a groin injury.

MARIO RATINGS: Mario Lemieux's return to the Penguins doubled the audience ESPN usually gets for a game. Wednesday's game produced a 1.02 rating and was seen in about 810,000 homes. Each cable rating point on ESPN equals 800,000 homes.