The last time the Bruins were involved in a shootout was back on November 25 against the Detroit Red Wings. Tuukka Rask was once again in net with a 2-2 game going into the shootout and lost.
Luckily for him, sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. The Bruins and the Panthers went through 65 minutes of play, tied 2-2 and both searching for two points.
Rask stoned the first two shooters, but in an uncharacteristic flop, let the third shooter, Stephen Weiss slide the puck in easily.
It seems appropriate that Patrice Bergeron was the third and final shooter for the Bruins.
Bergeron, who scored twice in the game, stepped up and beat Scott Clemmensen low to give the Bruins a fighting chance for two points.
Rask stumped Mikael Samuelsson and that's when David Krejci stepped up and scored five-hole to give the Bruins the win.
But the B's were lucky they were able to get to that point. Before the shootout, Rask had to face four breakaways throughout the game, and he only gave up a goal in one of those opportunities. In the second period, Panthers forward Shawn Matthias came out of the penalty box and got behind Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference. Caught off guard, Rask let in the goal.
36 seconds into overtime and the Panthers jumped into the play early. Patrice Bergeron got caught on his heels and was called for a hooking penalty which gave Florida some valuable 4-on-3 ice time. However, the Bruins were able to hold on long enough to kill that penalty.
Krejci was unable to extend his point-streak despite scoring the game winner in the shootout, and Bergeron's goal didn't count for a hat trick.
The Bruins won't receive much rest as they will play again tomorrow in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. Puck drops tomorrow at 7:30.