The Boston Bruins' recent woes continued in the Sunshine State on Saturday night.
The Bruins, who snapped their four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 5-1 win in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes, dropped to 1-3-2 in their last six contests following a 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers (30-21-8).
Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun helped ensure another rough night for the B's, who have scored just seven goals in their five losses. Vokoun stopped all 41 shots for his sixth shutout of the season and the 31st his career, reaching the 20-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season.
While Vokoun did the job in goal, Radek Dvorak provided all the offense with two goals early in the third period, handing Boston (40-11-8) only its 11th regulation defeat of the campaign.
The Panthers remained red hot, winning for the 9th time in their last 13, and are 14-5-3 since January 1st.
The game was scoreless going into the third period, and the Bruins looked to open the scoring, playing with a brief man-advantage. Instead, Dvorak broke in all alone and beat Boston netminder Tim Thomas with a wrist shot for a short-handed marker at the 1:44 mark.
Dvorak added the insurance goal exactly five minutes later.
Thomas stopped 27 shots for the Bruins.
Moments before Dvorak's second goal, the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron almost tied things up for Boston, but his wraparound attempt was foiled by Vokoun. Play was stopped after the Dvorak goal for a review of the Bergeron shot, but the officials ruled the Bruins' center did not beat Vokoun.
Boston wraps up its five-game road trip Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite losing three games on this trip, the Bruins still own a remarkable 21-7-4 road record, tops in the entire league. The Bruins, who came in with an NHL-leading 88 points, now trail the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks--who beat Atlanta earlier in the day--by a single point for the No. 1 spot in the league.
Florida has been involved in three straight shutouts and four in their past six games. The Panthers blanked Carolina 5-0 on Feb. 12th, defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-0 on Tuesday, then lost 4-0 against Chicago Thursday, before Saturday's goose-egg over the Bruins. Vokoun was involved in all four games.
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