Theodore saves 40 and Florida beats Bruins 2-0

Posted Dec. 08, 2011, at 10:52 p.m.

BOSTON — Tomas Kopecky broke a scoreless tie with 2:32 left and Jose Theodore stopped 40 shots as the Florida Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 on Thursday night and sent Tim Thomas to his first loss in 11 games.

It was the second shutout of the season for Theodore.

Thomas, who hadn’t lost since Oct. 27, made 28 saves.

Kris Versteeg added an empty-netter with 42 seconds left, outracing the Bruins to a loose puck and backhanding it into the net to clinch it.

The Bruins dominated the scoring chances for most of the game, but Florida put pressure on Thomas in the last 5 minutes and then struck quickly when Thomas left a rebound in front of the net. Sean Bergenheim skated over the puck and missed, but Kopecky followed up and put it in.

The Bruins went all of November without losing a game in regulation, but they are 2-2 in December. They have lost two in a row for the first time since since back-to-back losses to Montreal at the end of October.

Since Thomas’ last loss, he had allowed just 17 goals while posting three shutouts.

The Bruins hadn’t been shut out since the third game of the season. But they suffered from sustained bad luck, hitting the post a handful of times and failing to capitalize on chances even as they outshot Florida 40-30.

NOTES: It was the 101st consecutive sellout for the Bruins. … Eight of the top 10 plus-players in the NHL were in the game, five on Boston and three on Florida. Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin of the Bruins entered with a league-best plus-19. … Seguin returned from a one-game benching for missing a team meeting in Winnipeg. He played in his 100th career game, and Theodore played in his 600th. … The Bruins announced before the game that they signed first-round draft pick Dougie Hamilton, a defenseman who was the ninth overall pick this summer.

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