BOSTON — Ryan Spooner scored twice and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
Backed by a strong stretch from Rask, the Bruins posted their eighth win in 11 games (8-1-2). Rask is 6-0-2 in his past eight starts.
The 28-year-old Vezina Trophy winner held the Panthers scoreless until former Bruin Reilly Smith's fired a slap shot from the right point that broke between his pads with 6:04 to play.
Brad Marchand sealed it with an empty-net goal, firing it from centre ice with 1:23 to play.
Roberto Luongo made 22 saves for the Panthers, who lost for the third time in four games. They are winless in their past nine meetings in Boston (0-8-1).
Ken Powtak, The Associated Press