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Bruins too much for Panthers, 4-1

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is congratulated by teammate Brad Marchand (63) after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. At right are Florida Panthers defensemen Erik Gudbranson (44) and Brian Campbell (51). Bergeron had two goals in the Bruins' 4-1 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is congratulated by teammate Brad Marchand (63) after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. At right are Florida Panthers defensemen Erik Gudbranson (44) and Brian Campbell (51). Bergeron had two goals in the Bruins' 4-1 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) out skates Florida Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba (17) on his way to an empty-net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) out skates Florida Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba (17) on his way to an empty-net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton celebrates after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton celebrates after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin, right, looks to pass as Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen (30) skates away from the crease during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin, right, looks to pass as Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen (30) skates away from the crease during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) gloves the puck on a shot by Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) gloves the puck on a shot by Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, is congratulated by teammate Dougie Hamilton (27) after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, is congratulated by teammate Dougie Hamilton (27) after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton celebrates after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton celebrates after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is congratulated by teammate Brad Marchand (63) after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. At right are Florida Panthers defensemen Erik Gudbranson (44) and Brian Campbell (51). Bergeron had two goals in the Bruins' 4-1 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) out skates Florida Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba (17) on his way to an empty-net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton celebrates after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin, right, looks to pass as Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen (30) skates away from the crease during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) gloves the puck on a shot by Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, is congratulated by teammate Dougie Hamilton (27) after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton celebrates after his goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON – Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron kept the surging Bruins near the top of the Eastern Conference.

Rask made 29 saves and Bergeron scored two goals to help the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers, 4-1, last night.

Boston won for the 10th time in 13 games and hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation since March 2012. The Bruins have 39 points, one behind Montreal and Pittsburgh.

Boston Coach Claude Julien earned his 246th victory, passing Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt for second in all-time wins with the Bruins. Julien is still behind Art Ross, who had 361.

“I don’t think you can compare,” Julien said. “It is two different eras and the scoring system has changed and we don’t have ties now.”

Florida lost for the fifth consecutive time and has dropped eight of nine.

“We are always chasing and it is tough to win games that way,” Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell said. “Boston knows how to play with the lead.”

Boston scored twice in the first to take a 2-0 lead. Zdeno Chara scored at 3:55 when his slap shot from the left faceoff circle beat Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen.

Bergeron connected for his seventh goal after converting a pass from Brad Marchand at 14:56.

Shawn Matthias scored a short-handed goal for Florida after outhustling Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton and recovering an errant Milan Lucic pass to beat Rask, cutting the lead to 2-1 at 3:10 of the second period.

“Just another frustrating loss,” Matthias said. “Our shots weren’t going in and we knew it would be a hard night.”

Shawn Thornton scored at 12:43 of the third period when he knocked in his own rebound for a 3-1 lead.

Bergeron added an empty-net goal with 58 seconds remaining to cap the scoring for the Bruins.

Rask improved to 14-2-3 on the season and 6-1 all-time against Florida with a 0.99 goals-against average.

“The second period was a mess and we were pretty bad out there at times,” Rask said. “I tried to back the guys up and that’s my job.”

Florida has allowed more goals than any team in the NHL with 105.

Notes

∎ Deering’s Jon Rheault, playing his fourth game with the Panthers, was on the ice for 8 minutes, 38 seconds, during which the Bruins scored two of their four goals. Rheault has yet to score a point for the Panthers but had been a plus-2 before last night’s game.

∎ Boston evened its all-time record against Florida to 15-15-4-3, and the Panthers and Minnesota Wild are the only two teams with franchise winning records in Boston.

∎ Clemmensen and Rask entered the game both allowing 36 goals, but Rask had recorded 600 more minutes of playing time.

∎ Nathan Horton had a goal disallowed with 2:34 remaining.

Penguins 3, Maple Leafs 1

Pascal Dupuis scored two of Pittsburgh’s three goals in the third period, and the Penguins stormed back to beat Toronto Maple and win their seventh game in a row.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for Pittsburgh (20-8), which defeated the Maple Leafs in a shootout in Toronto five days earlier. Craig Adams sealed this win by scoring into an empty net with 10 seconds left.

Tyler Bozak had the lone goal for Toronto (15-12-1), which has dropped four in a row. Ben Scrivens made 25 saves.

BLACKHAWKS 2, BLUE JACKETS 1, SO

Patrick Kane set up Johnny Oduya’s goal late in the second period and then netted the decisive score in the shootout, leading Chicago over Columbus.

Corey Crawford stopped 29 shots to help the Blackhawks end a two-game losing streak after they set an NHL record by getting at least a point in each of their first 24 games.

ISLANDERS 2, LIGHTNING 0

Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for second shutout this season and 54th overall in the NHL, John Tavares scored his 17th goal, and the New York Islanders beat Tampa Bay.

Nabokov made an in-close save on Victor Hedman in the second period, and Tavares had a power-play goal midway through the frame to help the Islanders improve to 4-1-2 in their last seven games.

CAPITALS 3, HURRICANES 2

Mike Ribeiro scored with 2:16 remaining, and Washington rallied to beat Carolina.

Alex Ovechkin and Joey Crabb also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

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