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Thomas Makes 34 Saves, Bruins Beat Panthers 2-1

Boston right wing Blake Wheeler, right, get tripped up by Florida Panthers defenseman Dennis Wideman (6) during the third period of the game in Boston on Wednesday. The Bruins beat the Panthers 2-1. (AP)
Boston right wing Blake Wheeler, right, get tripped up by Florida Panthers defenseman Dennis Wideman (6) during the third period of the game in Boston on Wednesday. The Bruins beat the Panthers 2-1. (AP)

Boston beat the Panthers for the fourth straight time, completing the season sweep. Florida has lost five of its last six games - the only win coming against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night - though only two of the losses have been in regulation.

"Thomas has had our number all year," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "I can't fault our effort or the way we played on the end of a back-and-back situation, end of a road trip. We could have had a reason to be down, but it was a good effort."

Marchand gave the Bruins the lead with 6:29 left in the first period when he brought the puck around the back of the net and wrapped it around the post past Vokoun. It was Marchand's seventh goal in 10 games.

Lucic made it 2-0 in the second period with a wrist shot from outside the circle off a faceoff.

That set up Thomas, the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner, to take over the NHL lead with eight shutouts. But Allen spoiled that when a rebound squirted out past the left circle and he slapped it in to make it 2-1 with 11:23 left in the game.

Panthers forward Shawn Matthias went feet-first into the boards in the second period and crawled halfway to the bench before a whistle allowed the trainer to come out and help him. There was no further information on his condition, but DeBoer said, "Obviously, it doesn't look good."

This program aired on January 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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