By PAUL GEREFFI
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Pirri scored the winning shootout goal to lead the Florida Panthers over the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night.
Pirri beat Tuukka Rask five-hole in the second round of the shootout. Roberto Luongo turned aside all three of Boston’s shooters.
The Panthers won their second in a row and beat Boston for the first time since a 6-2 home victory March 15, 2012, a span of 10 games.
Jimmy Hayes scored in regulation for the Panthers, and Luongo made 26 saves in his second start since returning from a shoulder injury.
Patrice Bergeron scored, and Rask stopped 24 shots in the Bruins’ fourth straight loss. Boston is two points ahead of the Ottawa Senators in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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