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Bergeron heads up Bruin scoring spree

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Patrice Bergeron filled in for Joe Thornton, who is undergoing treatment for a sore back, and Boston logged five goals in their victory

AP , SUNRISE, FLORIDA

Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft, left, makes a save against Niklas Hagman of the Panthers during the first period in Sunrise, Florida, on Thursday. Boston defeated Florida 5-2 as Patrice Bergeron, Glen Murray, Tom Fitzgerald and Brad Isbister scored for the Bruins.

PHOTO: AP

Patrice Bergeron, centering Boston's top line in place of the injured Joe Thornton, had a goal and an assist to lead the Bruins to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Florida goalie Roberto Luongo, the NHL's defensive player of the week, was pulled after Bergeron's goal made it 3-0 at 5:26 of the second period.

Glen Murray, Tom Fitzgerald and Brad Isbister also scored for the Bruins, who have won three straight since losing their first two games of the season. P.J. Axelsson added an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Andrew Raycroft made 33 saves for the Bruins.

Thornton didn't make the trip, remaining in Boston for treatment of his ailing back.

Nathan Horton and Juraj Kolnik scored for the Panthers, who have scored more than two goals only once this season -- Monday's 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders, which included an empty-netter.

Islanders 5, Capitals 3

At Washington, Jason Blake and Petteri Nokelainen both had a goal and an assist and Oleg Kvasha added three assists to lead the Islanders.

Alexei Yashin, Trent Hunter and Mark Parrish also had goals for New York, which scored on its first two shots of the game. The Islanders, who have won two of three overall, had been 1-12-2 in their last 15 games at MCI Center.

Matt Bradley scored twice and Steve Eminger added a goal for the Capitals, who were playing their sixth game in nine nights. Washington has lost two straight and four of five.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro left the game 11:09 into the second period after being shaken up while making a headlong dive to stop a drive down the slot by Jeff Halpern.

Rangers 4, Devils 1

At New York, Martin Rucinsky and Ville Nieminen scored 17 seconds apart in the first period and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves for his first NHL victory.

Blair Betts and Jaromir Jagr also scored for New York, which ended a three-game losing streak against its local rivals.

Brian Gionta scored for New Jersey, which is 24-4-11 against the Rangers since the 1997-98 season.

Sabres 4, Lightning 3, SO

At Tampa, Florida, Daniel Briere and Thomas Vanek scored in the shootout to give the Sabres a victory over the Lightning.

Buffalo won the shootout 2-0 as goalie Ryan Miller stopped Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards.

Maxim Afinogenov's waist-high deflection of Toni Lydman's shot got Buffalo even at 3 with 8:47 left in the third period. Briere and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Sabres, who began a three-game road trip.

Buffalo played the final 1:46 of overtime with a two-man advantage after the Lightning received three minor penalties. The Sabres got only one shot during the stretch.

Tampa Bay got goals from Richards, Vincent Lecavalier and Vinny Prospal.

Stars 3, Flames 2, OT

At Calgary, Alberta, Philippe Boucher scored with 55 seconds left in overtime to give Dallas a victory over Calgary, spoiling the Flames' home opener.

It was the third straight loss for Calgary, which raised the 2003-2004 Western Conference championship banner before the game in front of a sellout crowd.

Mike Modano had three assists for Dallas, which also got goals from Jere Lehtinen and Martin Skoula. Steve Reinprecht and Chuck Kobasew scored for the Flames, with Matthew Lombardi assisting on both goals.

Miikka Kiprusoff, who led the Flames on their run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2004, had 19 saves.

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