Bruins 1, Panthers 1

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Olli Jokinen wasn’t surprised that the Florida Panthers didn’t score more despite having several opportunities.

Jokinen scored early in the third period to lift the Panthers into a 1-1 tie with the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

“An even score was pretty much the right score tonight,” Jokinen said. “Both goalies were so good. That’s why the score was so low.”

Florida goalie Roberto Luongo made 32 saves. Andrew Raycroft, making his first start of the season for the Bruins, stopped 34 shots. Raycroft replaced Felix Potvin at the start of the third period in Fridays 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay.

“I feel good out there,” Raycroft said. “I feel confident. I was able to make a few saves early. That always gets you into it.”

Sergei Samsonov scored for the Bruins, who failed to win at least one of their first three games (0-2-1) for the first time since 1999-00 when Boston didn’t get its first win until its 10th game.

“We’re trying to focus on the details that are going to help us win,” first-year Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’re making progress.”

Florida’s Kristian Huselius had the best chance in overtime, missing on a breakaway.

The Panthers had a power play in overtime after Boston defenseman Hal Gill was called for hooking at 2:38. But Jokinen wiped out the man advantage 27 seconds later when he was penalized for hooking.

As a result, the teams played 1:33 of three-of-three in overtime before Boston had a power play for the last 22 seconds.

“It’s scary,” Raycroft said. “You know if one guy gets beat, it’s a three-on-two or even a three-on-one. I told myself I might have to face a two-on-one or a three-on-one. But (Luongo) had to worry about the same thing down there.”

Jokinen tied the score at 3:17 of the third period when he took a drop pass from Viktor Kozlov at the top of the left circle and beat Raycroft with a slap shot to the glove side.

Luongo kept the score tied when he stopped P.J. Axelsson from close range on a two-on-one.

The Panthers also had opportunities to take the lead in the third period, the best coming when Raycroft stopped Kozlov’s one-timer from the side of the net during a Florida power play.

“That’s great for the NHL,” Florida coach Mike Keenan said of the many scoring chances. That’s great hockey. It was action-packed, and the goaltending was spectacular at both ends. We want to see more goals, but it wasn’t for lack of chances, it was just great goaltending.”

Samsonov scored his first goal of the season 32 seconds into the second period when he tipped in Joe Thornton’s pass from the boards at the top of the right circle.

“I think the guys are excited,” Luongo said of the Panthers’ 1-0-1 start. “I think we could have gotten two points today, but their goalie made somegreat saves. So far I think we are pretty satisfied with our efforts.”


The Panthers missed a chance to win their first two home games for the first time since 1999. … Florida RW Valeri Bure sat out the game after aggravating a groin injury in Thursdays victory over Carolina. … Bruins LW Michal Grosek and center P.J. Stock each made their season debut after being healthy scratches in Bostons first two games. … Kozlov’s assist helped him tie Rob Niedermayer for third on Florida’s career points list with 266. Theytrail Scott Mellanby (354) and Robert Svehla (290).

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