February 23, 2019
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Bruins tip Panthers on last-minute goal in overtime

Robert Mayer | USA Today Sports
Robert Mayer | USA Today Sports
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) gives up a goal to Boston Bruins left wing David Pastrnak (left) in the first period Monday night in Sunrise, Florida.

SUNRISE, Florida — Lee Stempniak scored with one minute left in overtime as the Boston Bruins earned a wild 5-4 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday night at the BB&T Center.

The Bruins, who also got two goals from Patrice Bergeron, blew a 4-1 lead before getting the game-winner on Stempniak’s 17th score of the season.

The victory was the 388th for Claude Julien behind the Boston bench, making him the winningest coach in the Bruins’ 92-year history. Julien, who now owns a 388-216-85 record, passed Art Ross for the top spot.

Boston (37-23-7) tied Florida (36-21-9) for second place in the Atlantic Division, each with 81 points.

Florida was in first place as recently as last week, but the Panthers were overtaken by the Tampa Bay Lightning (82 points), who lost to the Philadelphia Flyers earlier Monday.

The Bruins also got goals from David Pastrnak and Brett Connolly. Bergeron has 28 goals this season. Pastrnak and Connolly have nine each.

Tuukka Rask made 47 saves to help the Bruins improve to 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

Florida’s Roberto Luongo (11 saves) allowed four first-period goals and was then lifted in favor of Al Montoya, who was perfect for 44 minutes until he was beaten by Stempniak. Montoya made 15 saves.

Despite the loss, Florida got a statistical consolation prize. On Aleksander Barkov’s first-period goal, Jaromir Jagr got an assist to move him past Gordie Howe (1,850 points) for third place on the NHL’s all-time list.

Florida added two goals by Jiri Hudler, who was making his Panthers home debut. Hudler’s second goal tied the score 4-4 with 4:43 left in the third period.

The other Panthers goal was scored by Jussi Jokinen, who extended his point streak to eight straight games. Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists.

Boston scored on its first shift. Brad Marchand’s great pass set up a streaking Bergeron, who merely had to redirect the puck. It marked the ninth straight game Boston has scored in the opening period.

But the Bruins weren’t done there.

With 13:00 left in the period, a pass by left winger Matt Beleskey sprung Pastrnak, who picked up steam up the middle and beat Luongo with a backhand move.

The Panthers challenged the goal, arguing offside, but the call stood, and Boston had a 2-0 lead.

Boston added goals from Connolly and Bergeron, sandwiching Barkov’s score, giving the Bruins a 4-1 lead after a wild first period.

Florida dominated the second period, getting both goals and outshooting the Bruins 18-5.

After Hudler cut Boston’s lead to 4-2, Jokinen scored a power-play goal off a pass from behind the net by Reilly Smith. The Panthers’ power play, ranked 27th in the NHL, ended a 0-for-8 futility streak over the past two games.

Boston, penalized for too many men on the ice to set up the power play, allowed the first 10 shots of the second period.

NOTES: Panthers LW Jonathan Huberdeau (upper-body injury) returned after missing six games. … D Jakub Kindl and LW Jiri Hudler made their Panthers home debuts. … Panthers RW Teddy Purcell (groin) could return Thursday. … Florida G Roberto Luongo, who rested one game, made his first start since Thursday. … This was Florida’s first home game since a 1-3-1 road trip caused the Panthers to fall out of first place for the first time since Jan. 2. … Panthers RW Jaromir Jagr played career game No. 1,613, passing Ray Bourque for ninth place on the NHL list. … Bruins D Kevan Miller (shoulder), who was hurt on Saturday on a hit Washington Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin, didn’t make the trip to Florida. … Bruins LW Chris Kelly, out since Nov. 3 with a left leg injury, has been skating for five days. Boston hopes to get him back for the playoffs.

Flyers 4, Lightning 2

PHILADELPHIA — Shayne Gostisbehere made more franchise history on Monday and the Philadelphia Flyers snapped the Tampa Bay Lightning’s nine-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory at Wells Fargo Center.

Gostisbehere scored two markers to give him 14, breaking Behn Wilson’s record for most goals in a season by a Philadelphia rookie defenseman set in 1978-79, when he recorded 13. Earlier in the season, Gostisbehere set the point-streak record by a Flyers rookie at 15 games.

Gostisbehere also helped the Flyers (31-23-11) finish their pivotal six-game homestand 5-1-0 and climb within two points of the Detroit Red Wings for the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot.

While Gostisbehere made franchise history, he ended it for the Lightning (39-23-4), who won a team-record nine consecutive games before falling to Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay, which is 20-6-0 in its last 26 games, remains in first place of the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.

Flyers goaltender Steve Mason needed to make just 16 saves for the win.

Backup Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, playing his first game since Feb. 29, stopped 37 shots.

Gostisbehere broke a 1-1 tie at 7:21 of the third period with a power-play goal assisted by Claude Giroux and Mark Streit.

Giroux finished with two assists after tallying another on Brayden Schenn’s goal just over six minutes later to hand Philadelphia a 3-1 lead.

Tampa Bay trimmed the deficit with a goal by Vladislav Namestnikov, but the Flyers iced the game on Wayne Simmonds’ empty-netter in the final minute.

In the opening stanza, the Lightning got on the board first with the help of a friendly bounce. Slater Koekkoek whipped a shot into traffic that ricocheted off a Philadelphia skate directly to a pouncing Ondrej Palat for a point-blank snap shot and 1-0 lead at 4:07.

After going scoreless in the first period, the Flyers increased the pressure to the point in which they had a 29-6 lead in shots. On their 30th attempt, Philadelphia finally knotted the score with just over three minutes left in the frame on Gostisbehere’s 13th goal of the season.

A shot in deep by Michael Raffl trickled off the foot of Namestnikov and right to Gostisbehere, who put it home on wide-open net.

However, the Lightning weathered the storm and entered second intermission tied 1-1 despite being outshot 31-9.

NOTES: Flyers D Mark Streit appeared in his 700th game. Streit, 38, was drafted as a 26-year-old and has played 286 games with the New York Islanders, 209 with Philadelphia and 205 with the Montreal Canadiens. … D Andrej Sustr and D Braydon Coburn were out for the Lightning and remain day-to-day. Coburn played parts of nine seasons with the Flyers before being traded to Tampa Bay on March 2, 2015. He has not played a game in Philadelphia since the deal. … Flyers D Radko Gudas appeared his first game against his former team, the Lightning. Gudas, who was a part of the deal that sent Coburn to Tampa Bay, was a 2010 third-round draft pick of the Lightning, for whom he played three seasons. … Lightning RW Erik Condra was a healthy scratch after playing two straight games. … C R.J. Umberger and D Evgeny Medvedev were healthy scratches for the Flyers.

 



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