Rask, Spooner spark Bruins

– The Boston Bruins have played solid defense for most of the past three weeks.

Add in strong goaltending from Tuukka Rask and it's led the way to a nice run.

Ryan Spooner scored twice and Rask stopped 26 shots to lift the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

"Tuukka's been like we're used to seeing," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "He's been solid. There's no doubt he would have liked that goal back. He played capable enough to deserve a shutout. He's been solid.''

Backed by the strong stretch from Rask, the Bruins posted their eighth win in 11 games (8-1-2). Rask is 6-0-2 in his past eight starts.

The 28-year-old Vezina Trophy winner held the Panthers scoreless until Reilly Smith scored with 6:04 to play.

Associated Press