SUNRISE FL - DECEMBER 27: Goaltender Scott Clemmensen #30 of the Florida Panthers stops a shot by Blake Wheeler #22 of the Boston Bruins on December 27 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Boston 3, Florida 2: Blake Wheeler, Bruins Top Panthers 3-2 In Shootout

Blake Wheeler scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center on Monday night. David Krejci scored two goals in regulation and Tim Thomas had 32 saves. Read more at Stanley Cup of Chowder and Litter Box Cats.

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Boston 3, Florida 2: Blake Wheeler, Bruins Defeat Panthers 3-2 In Shootout

Blake Wheeler scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center on Monday night.

Wheeler's game-winning goal came on Boston's second attempt of the shootout. On the approach, Wheeler lost control of the puck, but ultimately regained control and lit the lamp.

"The puck went where I wanted it to go, but I just kind of didn't have the handle I wanted to on it," Wheeler said (via Yahoo! Sports). "It just kind of snuck off my stick there. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, right?"

Tyler Seguin couldn't score on Boston's first attempt in the shootout. Tim Thomas, who had 32 saves, stopped Mike Santorelli, Stephen Weiss and Evgeny Dadonov in the shootout to preserve the victory. Scott Clemmensen had 40 saves for Florida in the loss.

David Booth scored the game's first goal one minute and two seconds into the second period. David Krejci knotted the score at one 9:05 into the second period for the Bruins. That was short-lived, however, as Santorelli gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead with 4:09 left in the period. Krejci scored again with 9:25 left in the third period to tie the game.

Boston improved to 19-11-4 on the win while Florida fell to 16-17-1. The Bruins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST (TV: Versus, TSN2).

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Bruins Vs. Panthers: Boston Looking To Start Road Trip With Win Against Florida

The Boston Bruins (18-11-4) start a five game road trip Monday against the Florida Panthers (16-17-0), a team which has not given them much trouble so far this season. The Bruins have allowed just one goal in their two wins against the Panthers while scoring seven themselves.

Last time the two teams met in Florida back on November 24, the Bruins scored three goals in the third period to come back from an early 0-1 deficit. They were led by Mark Recchi who netted two, including his 1,500th career point.

The Bruins have to be happy to see this matchup coming right now, as the team is sorely in need of momentum. Recently enduring a three-game losing streak, Boston hasn't won consecutive games since picking up a pair of victories against the Sabres and Islanders on December 7 and 9. Now having knocked off a pair of playoff teams in their last three contests, a win tonight could signal a much-needed turnaround.

The Panthers, however, are not likely to just roll over. At 6-3 over their last nine games, Florida has started to fight back against some tough competition, even knocking off the Philadelphia Flyers in convincing fashion 5-0 last week. As much as Boston might like the matchup and it's history, now might not be the best time to be heading into the BankAtlantic Center.

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