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Bruins aim to extend recent success over Panthers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins hope their recent mastery of the Florida Panthers can help them get back on track when the Atlantic Division foes meet in Beantown for Thursday's battle at TD Garden.

The Bruins have lost two straight and four of their last five games, but wins have been easy to come by whenever Boston faces the Panthers. The B's have claimed four straight, six of seven and 10 of the past 12 meetings in this series overall and Florida has lost three in a row and five of six on the road against Boston.

Thursday's tilt is the second of five scheduled meetings this season between these divisional opponents. Boston posted a 3-2 victory on Oct. 17 in Florida, as Reilly Smith scored with 58.7 seconds to play to lift the B's. Former Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas started for Florida in that contest, but the two- time Vezina Trophy winner won't get a chance to play tonight in Boston due to a lower-body injury that has him on injured reserve.

Boston is coming off recent setbacks against the New York Islanders and Dallas Stars, but the Bruins haven't lost three in a row since an 0-4-0 slide from March 10-15, 2012.

After dropping a 3-1 road decision against the Islanders on Saturday, the Bruins were dealt a shootout loss by the visiting Stars on Tuesday. Former Boston forward Rich Peverley scored in the fourth round of the shootout to help Dallas earn the 3-2 decision at TD Garden.

In the fourth round after David Krejci shot wide of the net, Peverley skated in on net and buried a wrister between the pads of Tuukka Rask for the win.

Milan Lucic and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, while Rask turned aside 34 shots.

"Not to take anything away from them but I like to think we're a better team than we showed tonight," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "We just didn't play hard tonight and gave them that win."

Tuesday's contest marked the start of a five-game homestand for Boston, which is just 4-3-1 as the host this season.

While Boston is aiming for its second win in six trips to the ice, the floundering Panthers are trying to halt a season-worst six-game slide. Florida has recorded a point four times during the 0-2-4 slide and lost after regulation in each of its past two tilts.

Florida had a pair of six-game losing streaks during last year's lockout- shortened campaign, but the club last went seven straight without a win during a 10-game slide from March 19-April 8, 2011.

After dropping a shootout decision Saturday in Washington, the Panthers lost in overtime Tuesday against visiting Edmonton. Mark Arcobello scored his first two NHL goals, the second coming on a power play 1:55 into overtime, to lift the Oilers to the 4-3 win at BB&T Center.

Florida forward Scottie Upshall forced overtime with a pair of third-period goals, but tripped Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 32 seconds into the extra session. Arcobello then planted himself in the left circle and hammered home a feed from Ales Hemsky to beat Jacob Markstrom for the win.

Markstrom was beaten four times on 27 shots in the loss and Marcel Goc added a goal and an assist.

"We got into a little giving chances to get chances and that's not the way we play and that's not the way we play when we're playing at our best," Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen said.

Thursday's contest kicks off a three-game road trip for the Panthers, who have lost five straight as the guest and are 1-4-1 away from South Florida this season.

11/07 10:58:33 ET

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Thursday, April 24Full Scoreboard
Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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