Florida has won three consecutive games and increased its lead in the Southeast Division to three points ahead of idle Washington. The Panthers got their first four-game home winning streak since a five-game run Jan. 16-31, 2010.
"We want to play well at home to enthuse our fan base," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "We want to be homers, be a good home team. I think we've shown that."
"That's twilight zone-ish. I don't know what we did, but we did something to put luck not on our favor that's for sure," Thomas said. "I haven't seen a run of bounces like this in a long time."
The Bruins have lost four straight and six of their last eight. They last lost four straight games in regulation during a five-game skid on Jan. 18-29, 2010.
"It was basically a whole team collapse tonight," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We do have some guys that are tired and unfortunately guys that are not playing up to par. At the same time we've got lots of games and we have to fight our way through it."
Leading 1-0, Florida outscored Boston 3-1 in the second period.
The Panthers went ahead 2-0 on a goal by Goc 38 seconds into the period. Campbell took a shot from just inside the blue line. Goc redirected the puck with his stick into the net.
The Bruins closed to 2-1 after Corvo scored a goal on a slap shot from the left circle at 4:53 of the second. The puck went through the air the whole way and over Theodore's shoulder.
The Panthers went ahead 3-1 on Weiss's second-period goal, his first in eight games. Tomas Fleischmann's shot from the right of the crease was blocked but Weiss swept in the rebound at 6:32.
"It was a big hockey game for us for sure," Weiss said. "We knew we were either two points back or six points back (of Boston), so that's a big win for us. We've got to keep it going."
Florida stretched its lead to 4-1 on Madden's goal, his first of the season. The puck went off the top of Madden's stick and into the net with 4:33 to go.
"Felt great. It was a big game, but just to score finally," Madden said. "It's good to get it off my back and move forward."
Boston made it 4-2 on Rolston's power-play goal early in the third. His shot from the right circle went past Theodore at 1:44. It was Rolston's first goal in 10 games since he came to the Bruins in a trade with the Islanders.
"Obviously it's nice to get on the board and I certainly hope I can help," Rolston said. "That's what I hoped when I came in here."
Kopecky's goal at 7:51 of the third put the Panthers back ahead by three goals. He poked in the puck from in front to make it 5-2. Wolski added a goal with 2:26 left to make it 6-2.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Samuelsson in the first. Samuelsson took a pass from Brian Campbell at the top of the right circle. His slap shot got past Thomas with 2:03 remaining.
Florida F Kris Versteeg, tied with Tomas Fleischmann as the team's leading scorer in goals (22), missed his ninth consecutive game with a lower-body injury. ... Boston D Andrew Ference played in his 700th NHL game. ... The Bruins are 1 for 15 on the power play over their last seven games.
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Arena: BB&T Center Location: Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Brad Meier Linesmen: Anthony Sericolo, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 19,004 (98.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mikael Samuelsson (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Brian Campbell, Stephen Weiss
Marcel Goc (10)
Assists: Brian Campbell, Mikael Samuelsson
Joe Corvo (4)
Assists: Benoit Pouliot, Brian Rolston
Stephen Weiss (17)
Assists: Tomas Fleischmann, Brian Campbell
John Madden (1)
Assists: Jerred Smithson, Krys Barch
Brian Rolston (5)
(Power Play) Assist: Zdeno Chara
Tomas Kopecky (8)
Wojtek Wolski (3)
Assists: Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Garrison