Panthers maul Bruins, 6-2

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Panthers maul Bruins, 6-2

SUNRISE, Fla. Once again the Bruins handed the first two goals over to their opponents, and once they ended stuck with the losing end.

Stop me if youve heard this one already.

The Bruins fell behind 4-1 entering the third period and attempted to stage a furious late comeback, but ended up falling by a 6-2 score to the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center.

It was the season-worst fourth loss in a row for the Bruins and tagged them with defeats at all three stops along their just-concluded three-game road trip through Pittsburgh, Tampa and Florida. The loss means the Ottawa Senators will have a golden chance to pass them in the Northeast Division with a tilt scheduled against Montreal on Friday night.

This nights slide started at the end of a respectable first period as a bad cross-checking call on Shawn Thornton set up a Mikeal Samuelsson power play goal roofed over Tim Thomas. The Bruins and Panthers traded goals in the first five minutes of the second as a Marcel Goc tipped puck and a Joe Corvo blast made it a 2-1 contest.

But the Panthers kept their foot on the gas pedal and the Bruins simply faded away with all-too-familiar defensive breakdowns and careless passing in their own zone. A poor Zdeno Chara breakout pass to the middle of the ice ended with John Madden pushing a shot past Thomas to make it 4-1.

The Bruins attempted a third period comeback with a Brian Rolston power play strike, but a bad bounce off Adam McQuaids skated handed a goal over to Tomas Kopecky and it was all over. Then another late Florida goal made it six goals against tonight and 36 goals scored against the Bruins in nine March games.

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six


After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
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Rob Whalen RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
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Brian Johnson LHP