Panthers score 3 times in 2nd to beat Bruins 6-2

Posted March 15, 2012, at 11:01 p.m.

SUNRISE, Fla. — Jose Theodore stopped 24 shots and the Florida Panthers scored three second-period goals to beat the Boston Bruins 6-2 on Thursday night.

Wojtek Wolski, Tomas Kopecky, John Madden, Stephen Weiss, Marcel Goc and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Panthers. Brian Campbell had three assists.

Florida has won three straight games and increased its lead in the Southeast Division to three points ahead of idle Washington. The Panthers got their first four-game home winning streak since a five-game run Jan. 16-31, 2010.

Brian Rolston and Joe Corvo scored, and Tim Thomas made 23 saves for the Bruins, who gave up six goals for the second straight game.

The Bruins have lost four straight and six of their last eight. They last lost four straight in regulation during a five-game skid on Jan. 18-29, 2010.

Leading 1-0, Florida outscored Boston 3-1 in the second period.

The Panthers went ahead 2-0 on a goal by Goc 38 seconds into the period. Brian Campbell took a shot from just inside the blue line. Goc redirected the puck with his stick into the net.

The Bruins closed to 2-1 after Corvo scored a goal on a slap shot from the left circle at 4:53 of the second. The puck went through the air the whole way and over Theodore’s shoulder.

The Panthers went ahead 3-1 on Weiss’s second-period goal, his first in eight games. Tomas Fleischmann’s shot from the right of the crease was blocked but Weiss swept in the rebound at 6:32.

Florida stretched its lead to 4-1 on Madden’s goal, his first of the season. The puck went off the top of Madden’s stick and into the net with 4:33 to go.

Boston made it 4-2 on Rolston’s power-play goal early in the third. His shot from the right circle went past Theodore at 1:44.

Kopecky’s goal at 7:51 of the third put the Panthers back ahead by three goals. He poked in the puck from in front to make it 5-2. Wolski added a goal with 2:26 left to make it 6-2.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Samuelsson in the first. Samuelsson took a pass from Brian Campbell at the top of the right circle. His slap shot got past Thomas with 2:03 remaining.

Notes: Florida F Kris Versteeg, tied with Tomas Fleischmann as the team’s leading scorer in goals (22), missed his ninth consecutive game with a lower-body injury. … Boston D Andrew Ference played in his 700th NHL game. … The Bruins are 1 for 15 on the power play over their last seven games.

Islanders 3, Flyers 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves, coming within 6:30 of a fourth straight shutout. and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night for their seventh win in eight games.

Zac Rinaldo, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers (41-22-7), who stayed two points behind Pittsburgh for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Michael Grabner ruined Bryzgalov’s shutout bid on his 16th goal with 6:30 to go. John Tavares scored his career-best 31st goal 35 seconds later, but New York couldn’t muster a tying goal.

Bryzgalov (29-13-6) set a new Flyers shutout streak record of 249:43, breaking the previous team record of 227:40 set by John Vanbiesbrouck from Oct. 17-27, 1999.

The Flyers have won 25 of the last 28 meetings between the teams dating to March 2008.

The Islanders (28-32-11) lost their fifth straight overall to fall into a tie with Montreal for last place in the Eastern Conference.

The 31-year-old Bryzgalov, who signed a nine-year, $51 million contract last summer, almost became the first non-North American goaltender to record four straight NHL shutouts. Fellow Russian Nikolai Khabibulin had shutouts in three straight games for Phoenix in March 1997.

The Flyers have won 13 of the last 14 on Long Island, including all three games this season against the Islanders.

Rinaldo scored his second of the season on a sharp-angle shot from along the goal line, beating Evgeni Nabokov at 8:41 of the first period. Rinaldo shot the puck from Nabokov’s right, banking it off the goaltender’s left pad and into the net.

Giroux scored his career-best 26th goal of the season on a snapshot from the slot with 6:34 to go on the first period and Hartnell made it 3-0 with his 33rd at 7:02 of the second.

Brian Boucher had five straight shutouts for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2003-04 with a shutout sequence of 332:01. Boucher’s accomplishment broke the then-record of four straight shutouts held by Montreal’s Bill Durnan, who had a 309:21 streak in 1948-49.

Alec Connell of the 1927-28 Ottawa Senators recorded six straight shutouts before the NHL’s so-called “modern era” began in 1943-44 with the addition of a center red line.

NOTES: Referee Stephane Auger had to be helped from the ice after he was accidentally struck in the face by MacDonald’s stick 6 minutes into the third period. … With 82 points, Giroux is third in league scoring behind Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos. … Jaromir Jagr, who had an assist on Giroux’s goal, has more points against the Islanders than any other NHL team with 60 goals and 85 assists in 97 games.

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