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Bruins Take Division After First Shootout Win

David Booth #10 of the Florida Panthers and Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins fight for control of the puck on December 27, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Joel Auerbach / Getty Images)

Boston never led in the game. They were 0-3 in shootouts on the season. But they were up against the lowly Panthers, and the Bruins finally were able to take control in a shootout and the Northeast Division by beating Florida 3-2 in said shootout.

Both teams got double-digit shots on goal in each of the regulation periods, but the real action picked up late in the 1st, when Boston got their first power play chance at 16:23, on an interference call. They nearly got a 5-on-3 at 18:05 after a hook, but Zdeno Chara was called for a dive on the same play. That power play ended up going to the dogs, or in this case, the Panthers.

And 1:02 into the 2nd, Florida drew first blood when David Booth snapped one past Tim Thomas. It took 8:03 beyond that point for Boston to answer, thanks to a backhand from David Krejci. But with 4:09 to go in the period, Florida went back on top, thanks to puck movement and a tip-in by Mike Santorelli.

But from that point on, Florida was unable to deal a death blow, even with two chances on the man advantage. Krejci scored on a second backhand at the 10:35 mark of the 3rd to tie the score at two. It was fairly even beyond the tying goal, though Boston did get four shots on goal in overtime to Florida’s one. That was big, considering Boston was 0-3 in shootouts to Florida’s 2-0, but a shootout it was, with Florida electing to shoot first.

And with Thomas coming up perfect, Boston only needed the one goal to prevail. They got it in the second round from Blake Wheeler; with one shot left to stay alive, Florida simply couldn’t live up to the pressure.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
2nd Period
1:02 FLA David Booth (9) Snap Shot – Assists: Michael Frolik (14)
9:05 BOS David Krejci (6) Backhand – Assists: Michael Ryder (11) & Zdeno Chara (10)
15:51 FLA Mike Santorelli (10) Tip-In – Assists: Michael Frolik (15) & Bryan Allen (5)
3rd Period
10:35 BOS David Krejci (7) Backhand – Assists: Blake Wheeler (6) & Michael Ryder (12)
Mike Santorelli FLA Save
Tyler Seguin BOS Save
Stephen Weiss FLA Save
Blake Wheeler BOS Goal
Evgeny Dadonov FLA Save

Penalty Summary

1st Period
16:23 FLA Bill Thomas: Interference on goalkeeper – 2 min
18:05 FLA Marty Reasoner: Hooking – 2 min
18:05 BOS Zdeno Chara: Diving – 2 min
2nd Period
16:39 BOS Tim Thomas served by Shawn Thornton: Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie – 2 min
3rd Period
6:14 BOS Marc Savard: Hooking – 2 min
OT Period

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tim Thomas (W) 32/34 65:00
FLA Scott Clemmensen (L) 40/42 65:00

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd OT T
BOS 12 14 12 4 42
FLA 10 11 12 1 34

Game Notes:

  • First Star: Blake Wheeler. Second Star: David Krejci. 3rd Star: Tim Thomas.
  • Boston is now in 1st place in the Northeast Division. They share 42 points with the Montreal Canadiens, but have two games in hand.
  • Speaking of the Canadiens, they’re the only team left in the NHL which hasn’t been in a shootout.
  • Toronto (and the first round pick they gave Boston) is currently 4th-worst in the NHL.
  • Keaton Ellerby was scratched from the Florida lineup; Mark Stuart and Brad Marchand were scratched for Boston.

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