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BRUINED AGAIN: Panthers Lose Seventh Straight, This One 4-1 to Bruins

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BOSTON -- The Panthers locker room doors remained shut tight for almost 10 minutes following yet another loss, this one a 4-1 decision to the host Bruins.

There was plenty of yelling and plenty of profanity leaking through those locked doors, the frustrations of a seven game losing streak stronger than the locker room walls.

"There are no positives right now,'' Shawn Matthias lamented. "It's embarrassing. I cannot remember the last time we won.''

Florida, which is 0-3-4 during this string of losses, hasn't suffered this many consecutive losses since the final weeks of Pete DeBoer's time behind the Panthers bench. Florida was basically fielding a minor league team then.

Some wonder what the Panthers are putting on the ice now both externally and inside the team as well. It's not good, everyone can agree on that.

"There's only one thing that matters and it's two points,'' coach Kevin Dineen said. "We're going to continue to search for a complete game that will make a difference. I think our players understand that and feel it as well as the coaches do.''

Even though many Boston fans hoped former Bruins hero Tim Thomas was in net for the Panthers, he sat out his sixth straight.

Scott Clemmensen, a standout down the road at Boston College, stood tall but ended up losing his third straight start at the Garden after Boston scored twice within four-plus minutes in the third.

The two teams played a scoreless first but Boston broke free on a long shot from David Krejci 7:17 into the second.

Brad Marchand then got an easy one when he charged in on Clemmensen after the Florida goalie made the initial stop but watched the puck slip between his skates. No one came to Clemmensen's aid as Marchand swooped in for the tap-in killer.

The Panthers were never the same. By the time Jesse Winchester -- who could be suspended for Saturday's game after throwing an elbow at Chris Kelly -- scored his fourth of the year, Florida was down 3-1 with less than six minutes left.

-- Brad Boyes, who spent two seasons in Boston (2005-07), was scratched for the first time this season.

-- Steve Pinnizzotto, who has been out since training camp with a hip injury, cleared waivers on Thursday and was sent to Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio.