Series (Game 2 of 4)

Boston leads 4-0

Game 1: Thursday, November 18th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 24th
Game 3: Monday, December 27th
Game 4: Wednesday, January 26th

Bruins 3

(12-6-2, 26 pts)

Panthers 1

(9-11-0, 18 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 24, 2010

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
BOS 0 0 33
FLA 0 1 01

M. Recchi (Bruins - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Krejci (Bruins - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

S. Reinprecht (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Bruins-Panthers Preview


Nathan Horton has quickly blossomed into the Boston Bruins' leading point scorer after arriving via trade from Florida this summer.

He also took advantage of his first opportunity to hurt his former team.

After helping the Bruins blank the Panthers last week, Horton will make his first appearance as a visitor at Florida on Wednesday night when Boston tries to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Horton totaled 295 points while spending his first six seasons with the Panthers, but he has been scoring at a more prolific pace since Florida traded him to the Bruins (11-6-2) along with center Gregory Campbell for defenseman Dennis Wideman and draft picks June 22.

The big winger, who leads the Bruins with 18 points in 19 games, assisted on all three of Milan Lucic's goals in Thursday's 4-0 home win over the Panthers (9-10-0).

Florida had 41 shots, but Tuukka Rask stopped them all and was perhaps the primary reason the Panthers went 0 for 5 on the power play.

"Tuukka Rask was our power play problem. It wasn't our power play," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "We generated plenty of chances on the power play. I mean, when you've got a goalie that plays like that, that's the power-play problem."

Still, the Panthers have gone 0 for 25 with the man advantage in their last six games, including 0 for 5 in Monday night's 3-2 loss to visiting Pittsburgh. The Penguins converted two of their three power plays.

"The power play cost us the game again," defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "They get two, we get zero, had a bunch of opportunities. It's got to win us a game at some point. Right now, it's costing us games."

It doesn't figure to get easier against the Bruins, whose penalty kill ranks second in the NHL at 90.3 percent.

It's unclear if the Panthers will face Rask, whose victory over the Panthers remains his only win in seven appearances. He hasn't played poorly, ranking fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.935) after making 33 stops in a 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night, but teammate Tim Thomas is 10-1-1 with a 1.49 goals-against average.

Thomas lost seven of his first nine decisions against Florida, but he's 2-0-1 with a 0.65 GAA in his last three.

The Bruins hope for a better start after they were outshot 31-15 in the first two periods against the Lightning, falling behind 3-0. They held a 12-5 edge in shots in the third, but their comeback bid fell short.

"We've done that a few times this year where it would take 40 minutes to get ourselves going," coach Claude Julien said. "It catches up to you. Forty minutes of no show and 20 minutes of desperation."

Boston also fell behind 3-0 in a 4-3 shootout loss to Los Angeles on Saturday. The Bruins haven't dropped three straight since their postseason collapse last spring, when they blew a 3-0 series lead to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

They've won five of six at Florida. Like Horton, Campbell spent his first six seasons with the Panthers and has never appeared at the BankAtlantic Center as a visitor.

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who spent 62 games with the Panthers last season, hasn't played at Florida since he was traded to Boston in a four-player deal March 3.