BOSTON (AP)—Florida’s Craig Anderson had another perfectly busy game in goal.
Anderson followed his record-setting shutout two days ago with a 40-save performance in the Panthers’ 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Nathan Horton scored 22 seconds into overtime for Florida.
Anderson stopped 53 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Islanders on Sunday, the most in a shutout since shots on goal started being kept in the 1955-56 season.
Since 1989-90, it’s the most saves in consecutive shutouts; Dominik Hasek for Buffalo in December 1997 had 75 saves, according to STATS LLC.
“These last two games have just been terrific,” Anderson said. “As much as you want to say it’s just one guy, it’s been everybody. The little things you might not notice, I recognize, the coaches recognize, and the other guys recognize what guys are doing. We’re making sure were getting the pucks out, we’re making big blocks, we’re making sure the puck doesn’t get to the net, and a lot of the time I am seeing the shots, which is a credit to the guys in front of me.”
Boston winger Glen Murray, who had the best scoring chance, felt the Bruins didn’t take advantage of their limited chances.
“I would say 20 were good shots. The rest were outside of the blue line,” he said. “Yeah, he played well, but the rebounds were there and we didn’t get to them.”
“We block so many shots (as a team) it’s bound to happen,” Auld said.
The Panthers won for just the second time in five games. Boston, coming off an embarrassing 10-2 loss at Washington on Monday, lost for just the third time in 10 games.
Florida, in need of a winning streak quickly to make a run at a playoff spot, moved to six points behind Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference’s final postseason slot.
“It’s two games and I like the way he’s played,” Panthers coach Jacques Martin said of Anderson. “He’s done a good job, but I think the team in front has done a good job as well.”
Auld kept the game scoreless by making a pad save on Brett McLean alone in front of the net with just over 3 1/2 minutes left in regulation, and a nice blocker stop on Stephen Weiss’ wrist shot on a 2-on-1 break with 64 seconds to play.
After allowing Washington’s six first-period goals the night before, the Bruins tightened up defensively, holding the Panthers to 23 relatively easy chances in the opening two periods.
The teams combined for 50 shots on goal in the opening 40 minutes, but most were from long range and were handled fairly easily by Auld and Anderson.
Boston had the best scoring opportunity in the first two periods when Anderson made a glove save to rob Murray’s rebound of P.J. Axelsson’s shot.>
Boston D Bobby Allen was back for the first time since Dec. 22 after missing 30 games, 24 with a back injury and six as a healthy scratch. … Bruins D Aaron Ward was sidelined with a bruised right foot after being hit with a shot Monday and was wearing a protective walking cast in the press box. .. At the request of the Panthers, the Bruins wore their white jerseys and Florida donned its dark blue and red. … Boston’s Marco Sturm and Marc Savard each had eight-game point streaks halted. Strum was 4-7-11 and Savard 1-11-12. … The Panthers play their next seven games at home.