Bergeron, Bruins rally past Panthers to extend points streak

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Boston Bruins players crowd around Patrice Bergeron after he scored the winning goal late during the third period of Thursday’s home game against the Florida Panthers. AP

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) hugs teammate Patrice Bergeron as left wing Brad Marchand (63) and Charlie McAvoy (73) celebrate the winning goal late during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) is congratulated by teammates Brad Marchand (63) and Patrice Bergeron (37) after defeating the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) comes out of the crease to make a stick-save against Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Florida Panthers players react on the bench as they fall behind late during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Florida Panthers defenseman Josh Brown (2) beats Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) to the puck as goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) defends during the second period Thursday in Boston. AP

  • Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) breaks up a shot-attempt by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Florida Panthers right wing Evgenii Dadonov (63) moves the puck upice off his skate as Boston Bruins center Noel Acciari (55) is taken down by Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) behind him during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a stick-save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

  • Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) works for a position between Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) and goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) in front of the goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Mary Schwalm

Associated Press
Published: 3/7/2019 10:48:33 PM

BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored twice, including the winner with 7.2 seconds remaining as the Boston Bruins scored twice in the final minute to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 Thursday night, pushing their points streak to 18 games.

Brad Marchand won a battle in the corner and shuffled the puck to Bergeron, who fired a wrist shot from the left circle past screened Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo to cap the Bruins’ improbable comeback.

David Krejci and Matt Grzelcyk also scored for the Bruins, who are 14-0-4 during their points streak. It matched its second-longest points streak in team history after a similar run last season and 15-0-3 mark in the 1940-41 season. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves to extend his personal points streak to 18 games (15-0-3).

Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and Aleksander Barkov also had a goal for the Panthers, who lost their sixth straight (0-2-4). Luongo finished with 24 saves.

Boston fell behind 3-2 with 9:08 remaining when Huberdeau charged into the Bruins’ zone and skated around Zdeno Chara before executing a nifty spin move in the right circle and slinging the puck past Rask for his second goal of the night.

Grzelcyk pulled Boston even on his one-timer near the blue line with 36.5 seconds to play before Bergeron won it.

The Panthers grabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of power-play goals early in the second.

Less than 30 seconds after Brandon Carlo was whistled for tripping, Barkov tipped in Keith Yandle’s straightaway shot after Huberdeau corralled the puck along the boards and set him up to make it 1-0 at 2:48. It was Barkov’s 29th goal, moving him one behind team leader Mike Hoffman.

Huberdeau batted a puck out of midair in the slot for Florida’s second tally nearly four minutes later and 30 seconds into Chara’s delay of game penalty. The goal was upheld after a brief review for high-sticking.

Krejci polished off a give-and-go for Boston with 9:31 left in the second. The Bruins’ alternate captain struggled to get a handle on Danton Heinen’s return feed through the slot, but still got enough on the shot to beat a sprawling Luongo.

Boston capitalized on a Panthers giveaway for a short-handed goal as Bergeron scored on a wrister behind the left circle with 11:10 remaining to tie it at 2.

NOTES

Florida beat Boston 5-0 at home in their first meeting this season Dec. 4. ... Bruins LW Jake DeBrusk was scratched with a lower-body injury, forcing the team to recall C Karson Kuhlman from Providence of the AHL on an emergency basis. DeBrusk assisted on Krejci’s OT winner Tuesday against Carolina. ... Boston C Sean Kuraly returned after missing two games with a concussion. ... Bruins LW Marcus Johansson will be re-evaluated in a week after being hospitalized with a lung contusion he suffered against the Hurricanes.




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