Jarome Iginla tallied for the second straight game and added
an assist for the Bruins, who have won two in a row after
dropping a pair following the Olympic break (2-1-1). Johnson
turned aside 23 shots to improve to 7-0-0 at TD Garden.
Defenseman Brian Campbell scored and former Bruin Tim Thomas
finished with 35 saves for the Panthers, who acquired goaltender
Roberto Luongo and forward Steve Anthony from Vancouver earlier
in the day for netminder Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn
Boston got the early jump as Krejci deflected Florida defenseman
Tom Gilbert's ill-advised pass from behind his own net before
deking Thomas to the ice for an easy goal at 7:29 of the first
period. The Bruins doubled the advantage 3 1/2 minutes later as
Jordan Caron's blast from the left faceoff circle caromed off
the mask of Thomas and right to Iginla, who blasted the puck
into the net from the right faceoff dot.
Krejci scored with 48 seconds left in the middle period, beating
Thomas under the crossbar from the high slot. Campbell got
Florida on the scoreboard with 7:13 remaining as his backhanded
bid inadvertently was deflected into the net by Bruins
defenseman Matt Bartkowski, but Krejci completed the hat trick
with an empty-net tally.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Boston RW Loui Eriksson sat out with what coach
Claude Julien described as a "minor issue." Caron played in his
place and notched an assist in his first appearance since Jan.
27. ... Florida sent D Mike Weaver to Montreal for a fifth-round
pick in the 2015 draft. Weaver notched six assists in 55 games
this season. ... Panthers RW Krys Barch flexed his muscles by
fighting Bruins LW Milan Lucic in the first period before
tangling with RW Shawn Thornton in the second.
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