Panthers 5, Bruins 1
BOSTON (AP) _ Mark Parrish had two goals and one assist, and Mikhail Shtalenkov made 24 saves in the Florida Panthers’ 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Pavel Bure scored his league-leading 39th goal to seal the game for the Panthers, the only NHL team with a winning record (6-4-3) in Boston.
The Bruins are 2-7-5 in their last 14 at home, while the Panthers snapped a four-game road winless streak.
Ryan Johnson gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 5:27, when he took Cam Stewart’s pass and beat Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe. After the goal, some Bruins fans started chanting, ``We want Tallas″ in reference to backup goalie Rob Tallas.
Parrish scored on the power play at 12:06 of the first to give Florida a 2-0 lead.
The Bruins made it 2-1 when Shawn Bates scored his second goal of the season. Ken Belanger slid a pass from behind the net through the legs of Panthers defenseman Paul Laus, and Bates jammed it past Shtalenkov.
Bure scored at 8:32 of the third period to give Florida a 3-1 lead, and Parrish scored at 10:35 on the power play. Just 13 seconds later, Laus gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead and Dafoe was pulled.
Dafoe went straight to the locker room without returning for the final nine minutes. He has struggled this season after missing the first 12 games because of a contract dispute. Dafoe ranks among the bottom-third in the NHL in save percentage and goals-against-average.
Florida is on pace for 47 wins and 105 points, which would set franchise records.