Wheeling along; Wheeler scores shootout winner, Bruins down Panthers

Despite having the lead twice in the game, it was the Boston Bruins who walked away with the last laugh Monday night, as the Bruins downed the Florida Panthers, 3-2 in a shootout in Sunrise, Florida.

Both goaltenders done a fantastic job keeping the puck out of the net on both ends of the ice, as after the first period both teams entered the dressing room tied 0-0, with Boston outshooting the Panthers 12-10 in the period.

David Booth got things started early in the second as he buried his 9th of the season, as he took a pass from Michael Frolik, and sent a beautiful wrister high over Tim Thomas to give the Panthers the 1-0 lead. Boston would then strike half way through the second, as Michael Ryder done a beautiful job to tie up the Panther defence while screening Scott Clemmensen, which allowed David Krejci to shovel home his 6th of the season to tie the game 1-1.

But, the Panthers were hungry to head to the dressing room with the lead, as Mike Santorelli scored his 10th of the season as he sent a pass from Frolik past Thomas, for the 2-1 lead.

Then, in the third period, Boston was determined to send the game to overtime, as Krejci finished off a great tic-tac-toe play from Blake Wheeler, and Michael Ryder, with a soft finish past Clemmensen, to tie the game up at 2, and send the game to overtime.

Overtime would solve nothing, which meant the game would head to overtime. Mike Santorelli shot first for the Panthers, as he come in on Thomas, and shot five hole, but was denied. Rookie Tyler Seguin shot first for the Bruins, but was denied as he fired a shot on Clemmensen. Weiss was up next for the Panthers, Weiss started out shaky as he appeared to lose the puck, but continued on and was denied by Thomas. Wheeler shot next for Boston, and on a controversial shot, scored, but was reviewed as Clemmensen thought he took two whacks at the puck. Evgeny Dadonov was denied on his first ever NHL shootout attempt as the Bruins won the game.

Thomas turned aside 32 shots for his 16th victory of the season, Clemmensen stopped 40 for the Panthers as his record dropped to 2-4-0. Boston will fly to Tampa tonight where they will prepare to continue their southeast swing against the Lightning tomorrow night, Florida on the other hand will have a big break at home as they wait until Friday night when they will welcome the Montreal Canadiens to Florida.

Adam Reid
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