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DROPKICKED IN BOSTON: Panthers Lose Again, This Time 3-0 to Bruins


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BOSTON -- The Panthers concluded their final real road trip of the year on Sunday afternoon and did so in a style fitting for this 2013 season.

As had been the case so many times before, the Panthers kept things close for much of the game but didn't have the firepower to overtake the host Bruins and lost 3-0 at TD Garden.

Florida has lost six straight -- including all four games of this season-ending road trip. The Panthers finish the season with a pair of home games before concluding things Saturday night in Tampa.

"There was enough try for us to be very competitive in this game,'' said coach Kevin Dineen, whose team has been outscored 30-8 during the losing streak.

"We have to go home and keep pushing with some dignity and some pride.''

The Panthers did more than their part in honoring Boston after this rough week as players came out for the pregame skate wearing baseball caps with the Boston police shield on them and played the game with '617' - the main Boston area code - decals on their helmets and skates.

Both teams came out sluggish after losing games on Saturday -- and neither has been playing very well of late. The Bruins, who pulled into a tie with Montreal for second in the Eastern Conference, had lost five of seven.

Just 3:03 in, the Bruins were feeling pretty good about themselves as Jaromir Jagr scored soon after the Panthers turned over the puck deep in their zone to make it 1-0.

Jagr's goal - only his second since joining the Bruins last month - was all Boston needed as Tuukka Rask made 28 saves to become sixth goalie to shutout the Panthers this season.

Florida had a couple of scoring chances but couldn't solve Rask as he picked up his career-best fourth shutout of the season. Boston took a 2-0 lead in the second when Dougie Hamilton scored then closed things out with Brad Marchand's empty net goal with 1:22 remaining.

Jacob Markstrom played well in the defeat, stopping 36 of 38 shots.

"Tuukka had a real strong game, made some big saves early,'' Markstrom said. "It's tough. There are a lot of good goalies in this league so we need to bear down when you get the chances.''