Boston Bruins

James Reimer made 46 saves for the Florida Panthers as they shut out the Boston Bruins 3-0 on Thursday at the BB&T Center.

Reimer made 20 saves in the third period alone as the undermanned Bruins attempted to stage yet another comeback, but they simply couldn’t solve the Panthers goalie on Thursday.

Nick Bjugstad paced the Panthers with a goal and an assist. Evegenii Dadonov tallied two assists in the win for the Panthers, who improved to 35-26-7 (77 points) to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Highlights

Aaron Ekblad drew first blood for the Panthers in the first period as he circled the front of the net untouched. He whacked a deflected Dadonov shot out of mid-air and into the net to make it 1-0.

Dadonov sparked the next goal for the Panthers with a spectacular centering pass to Bjugstad on a rush. Bjugstad faced no resistance as he crashed the net and tapped the pass into the gaping net to put Florida up 2-0.

Vincent Trocheck made it a commanding 3-0 lead for the Panthers on a second-period power play. Firing from the faceoff dot, Trocheck flicked an absolute snipe over the right shoulder of Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin.

And with that, the Bruins fall to 44-17-8 and remain four points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Standings. They’ll take on Tampa next on Saturday, again having to play without Zdeno Chara and Jake DeBrusk (upper-body) in addition to the injured Patrice Bergeron (foot) and Charlie McAvoy (knee).