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NHL Roundup: B’s Fall Flat in Florida

  • Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) fends the net as Florida Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson (19) battles for position with Boston Bruins center Noel Acciari (55) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) attempts to take the puck from Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)



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.

Penguins6, Avalanche 3

Pittsburgh — Patric Hornqvist’s natural hat trick in the third period powered Pittsburgh past Colorado.

The Avalanche had erased a three-goal deficit to tie the game going into the third when Hornqvist went to work.

Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin and Derick Brassard also scored for the Penguins, who halted Colorado’s 11-game point streak. Kris Letang added two assists for Pittsburgh. Casey DeSmith finished with 42 saves.

Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 3 (ot)

Buffalo, n.y. — Auston Matthews scored his second goal with three seconds on the clock in overtime, and the Maple Leafs matched their best start in 84 years.

The Maple Leafs won their fifth straight game and improved to 20-8. The only other time in took them just 28 games to reach 20 wins was when they opened the 1934-35 season at 20-6-2.

Canadiens 5, Senators 2

Montreal — Max Domi had two goals and an assist and Jonathan Drouin added a goal and two assists as Montreal defeated Ottawa.

Artturi Lehkonen and Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Canadiens, who entered the game with one win in their last seven. Carey Price stopped 28 shots.

Jets 3, Islanders 1

New York — Jacob Trouba and Adam Lowry scored 22 seconds apart early in the third period, rallying Winnipeg over New York.

Nikolaj Ehlers added an empty-net goal with 2.1 seconds left and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots as Winnipeg won for the fifth time in six games.

Flames 9, Blue Jackets 6

Columbus, Ohio — Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and two assists, and Calgary scored five goals in the second period.

Cam Atkinson netted a hat trick for Columbus to extend his point streak to 11 games, but the Blue Jackets lost their second straight.