Blake Wheeler notched the only score in yesterday’s shootout to lift his Boston Bruins past the Florida Panthers 3-2 at the BankAtlantic Center. Wheeler lost control at first while trying to deke Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen, regaining control to fire one in off the right post to solidify the victory. “The puck went where I wanted it to go, but I just kind of didn’t have the handle I wanted to on it,” said Wheeler. “It just kind of snuck off my stick there. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, right?”
Tim Thomas came up with 32 saves for Boston, shutting down the Panthers attack in all three shootout attempts in the end. “We had opportunities at different points in the game to extend the one-goal lead to two, some point-blank chances. And Thomas either made a save or we just missed,” said Florida coach Pete DeBoer. “You let a team like that hang around, that’s what happens.”
After a defensive heavy first period the Panthers outscored Boston 2-1 in the second. David Krejci found the net 10:35 in the third block for his second goal of the night, eventually setting the stage for Wheeler and Thomas to deliver in the end. The Bruins are set to matchup with the Lightning, Thrashers, Sabres and Maple Leafs on the road this week before returning to the TD Garden to host the Minnesota Wild Thursday, January 3rd. Boston Bruins tickets are now available!