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NHL roundup: Bruins edge Panthers 2-1 to stave off playoff elimination

Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) attempts a shot at Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) during the second period of Game 5 of the second-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jeremy Swayman backed up his victory vow with 28 saves, Charlie McAvoy added to the list of disputed goals in this matchup with the go-ahead marker and the Boston Bruins staved off elimination by beating the Florida Panthers 2-1 in Game 5 of their NHL playoff series on Tuesday night.

Morgan Geekie also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 2-0 in elimination games this season — they also won a Game 7 over Toronto in Round 1 — and finally found a way to hold the Panthers’ offence in check.

Sam Reinhart scored for Florida, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots.

Florida — which saw its series lead cut to 3-2 — had 15 goals on 107 shots in Games 2, 3 and 4 combined, all of them Panthers wins. But on Tuesday, the Panthers were held to 29 shots and Swayman looked in total control the whole way.

Game 6 is in Boston on Friday. Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Florida on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the NHL on Tuesday:



EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — Evan Bouchard scored the game-winning goal with 38.1 seconds on the game clock and Edmonton edged Vancouver in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series.

The victory levelled the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2, with Game 5 set for Thursday night in Vancouver.

Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring for the Oilers on a first-period power play and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a tally late in the second period.

Conor Garland and Dakota Joshua had third-period goals for the Canucks, who lost their first road game of the post-season.

The Associated Press