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Bruins, Panthers Fight To Tie


Scott Mellanby, Mark Parrish and Robert Svehla scored third-period goals as the Florida Panthers rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the Boston Bruins 5-5 on Thursday night.

It was Boston's third overtime game in their last five outings. The Bruins are 0-1-4 in overtime games this season. Florida is 0-0-3 in overtime contests.

Boston goaltender Byron Dafoe turned away 40 shots, including two in overtime. Florida's Sean Burke made 24 saves.

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  • Dmitri Khristich and Anson Carter both scored two goals as the Bruins built a 4-0 lead midway through the second period. Khristich's goals were his eighth and ninth of the season and Carter's his first and second.

    Florida's comeback started at 15:57 of the second period on a goal by Oleg Kvasha. Dave Gagner put home a power-play goal with one second left in the second period, his second of the season, to cut Boston's lead to 4-2.

    Grant Ledyard scored at 2:23 of the third period as the Bruins regained a three-goal lead.

    But Mellanby scored his second goal, on a shot from the left circle that struck Boston's Kyle McLaren's leg and changed direction, at 7:28 of the third period to cut the Bruins' lead to 5-3.

    Parrish scored his ninth from in close at 8:25 of the third, cutting the lead to 5-4.

    Svelha then tied the game at 9:49 of the third period on a poke shot in front of the net. It was his second goal of the season.

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