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Luongo gets 77th shutout as Panthers blank Bruins 5-0

  • Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, left, fends the net as Florida Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson battles for position with Bruins center Noel Acciari. AP

  • The Florida Panthers celebrate their win against the Boston Bruins after the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers defeated the Bruins 5-0. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Joel Auerbach

  • Teammates congratulate Florida Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman (68) after he scored his second goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Joel Auerbach

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) battles with Florida Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Joel Auerbach

  • Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) backs into Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Joel Auerbach

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) stops a shot by Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Joel Auerbach

  • Boston Bruins center Ryan Donato (17) and Florida Panthers left wing Troy Brouwer (22) battle for possession of the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) Joel Auerbach



Associated Press
Tuesday, December 04, 2018

SUNRISE, Fla. — Roberto Luongo made 33 saves in his 77th career shutout, Mike Hoffman scored twice and the Florida Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Luongo, who returned to the lineup after missing five games with a knee injury, passed Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL’s all-time shutout list.

Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists, while Mike Matheson and Evgenii Dadonov also scored. Aleksander Barkov had three assists and Keith Yandle added two.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 39 shots as the Panthers had a season-high 44 shots on goal. The Bruins lost for the third time in four games.

Huberdeau stretched the Panthers’ lead to 3-0. His shot from the left circle was blocked by Halak, but the puck trickled through his pads at 15:14 of the second period. Huberdeau has six consecutive multipoint games, one short of the franchise record set by Pavel Bure.

Hoffman’s second goal with five seconds left in the second on a power play made the score 4-0. Hoffman has 26 points in his last 24 games.

Dadonov’s power-play goal with 5:34 remaining in the third made it 5-0.

Hoffman scored the first goal of the night. With traffic in front, Halak lost track of the puck, which was sitting on his left side at the goal line until Hoffman poked it in at 4:21 of the second.

Matheson gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead when he brought the puck down the length of the ice and beat Halak on the stick side with a shot from the right circle at 13:13.

NOTES: The Panthers returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson to Springfield of the AHL. Hutchinson was on loan while Luongo was out. ... Huberdeau has 299 points, surpassing Nathan Horton for fourth in franchise history. ... Bruins D Charlie McAvoy took part in the morning skate. McAvoy is not expected to play Thursday at Tampa Bay, but it hasn’t been ruled out.

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Bruins: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Panthers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.