Panthers-Bruins Preview

The Florida Panthers have played well over the last week, but

that’s usually been the case when they visit Boston.

The Panthers look for a third straight road victory over the

Bruins on Thursday night at TD Garden.

Florida (8-8-0) scored twice in the second period to win for the

third time in four games, 2-1 at Atlanta on Wednesday. The Panthers

had won three times in eight games prior to their recent surge.

“We’re not doing anything different, but we finally are being

rewarded,” Florida coach Peter DeBoer said.

The Panthers have often been rewarded in Boston, where they have

won nine of 12. Each of Florida’s two victories last season at TD

Garden came by 1-0 scores.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 40 shots in a shootout victory there Nov.

12, 2009, and is 2-0-1 with a 0.63 goals-against average with two

shutouts in his last three starts against the Bruins. After making

38 saves against the Thrashers, though, Vokoun could be rested.

Backup Scott Clemmensen is 1-3-0 with a 3.18 GAA this season,

but 5-3-0 with a 1.98 GAA and two shutouts against the Bruins. The

former Boston College star stopped 36 shots on April 1 in his only

shutout last season at Boston.

The Panthers will face Nathan Horton for the first time since

the club traded him and forward Gregory Campbell to Boston for

defenseman Dennis Wideman and draft picks in June.

Horton, who recorded 142 goals and 153 assists in six seasons

with Florida, leads Boston (10-5-1) with eight goals and 15 points.

He had an assist in the Bruins’ 3-2 road victory over the New York

Rangers on Wednesday.

Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and Mark Recchi scored three

consecutive goals as Boston won its second straight to improve to

7-1-0 on the road.

The 42-year-old Recchi has two goals and four assists in his

last five contests. Seguin, the 18-year-old who was picked second

overall in the June draft, has four goals this season, but scored

for the first time in eight games.

“I’m getting more confidence every day and I’m learning all the

little things that come with this league,” Seguin said.

Though the Bruins have shined on the road, they are 3-4-1 at

home, where they won 3-0 over New Jersey on Monday.

Tim Thomas made 28 saves for his fourth shutout in that contest.

He recorded 34 Wednesday to improve to 10-1-0 with a 1.37 GAA.

Thomas is 4-6-2 with a 3.36 GAA against the Panthers, but has

stopped 72 of 74 shots while winning two of three versus


Backup Tuukka Rask, 0-4-1 with a 2.75 GAA, went 1-1 with a 1.45

GAA in his only previous two appearances against Florida last


Wideman, who spent the previous 3 1/2 seasons with Boston, has

five of his eight assists in seven games this month for the