Florida Panthers defeat Boston Bruins, 1-0

The Bruins blasted 40 pucks on Tomas Vokoun, including 19 in the second period.

But Vokoun posted his third shutout in his last four starts and foiled all four shootout gunners: Blake Wheeler, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Michael Ryder.

At the other end, Cory Stillman beat Tim Thomas to give the Panthers the shootout win.

"That's what goalies do," Stillman said. "They give you a chance to win hockey games. He did that tonight."

* Thomas made his best save on...

Milan Lucic was all smiles when he took to the TD Garden ice yesterday for his first morning skate since breaking his right index finger against Dallas Oct. 16. But that’s partly because he had eluded the piercing gaze of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides, the resident whip-cracker for all in Black-and-Gold who are not eligible for action.

“Yeah, but I was on with him before, and I’ll see him tonight, too,’’ Lucic said with a smile. “He’s great. He works y...

Tim Thomas has been adamant about his stance on shootout losses: They go down as an overtime loss in the standings, but in his mind they feel like a tie.

And while last night’s 1-0 shootout loss to Florida will go down in the books as his 15th career shutout, Thomas had different thoughts.

“Twenty-five shutouts and you get a Rolex,’’ he said with a laugh several minutes after getting beaten on a Cory Stillman backhander to the right post that gave the Panthers the wi...

In their first seven games of 2009-10, when their effort was poor and the results reflected as much (3-4-0, with duds against Anaheim, Washington, and Phoenix), the Bruins’ penalty killing mirrored their overall malaise.

On the 34 power plays the Bruins allowed during the first seven games, their opponents tucked 10 pucks behind Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask. The Bruins killed penalties at a miserable 70.6 percent success rate. The PK was perfect just once (3 for 3 against...