Panthers winning streak ends at eight, lose in shootout to Bruins


BOSTON — The Florida Panthers lost for the first time this season, 3-2 in the shootout to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

The Panthers (8-0-1) won their first eight games, including 3-2 in overtime at the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, one day after coach Joel Quenneville resigned following an independent investigation of how the Chicago Blackhawks, his former team, handled allegations by then-player Kyle Beach of sexual assault by then-video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010.

Charlie McAvoy scored the tying goal in the third period, and Linus Ullmark made 33 saves for Boston (4-3-0). Charlie Coyle scored in the first period and had the deciding goal in the second round of the shootout.

Anthony Duclair and Aleksander Barkov scored, Aaron Ekblad had two assists, and Spencer Knight made 31 saves for Florida.

Coyle scored with 42 seconds left in the first period to make it 1-0. Taylor Hall got his 600th NHL point with the first of his two assists in the game.

Duclair scored 47 seconds into the second period to tie it 1-1. Carter Verhaeghe sent a cross-ice pass to Duclair on the rush, and he scored with a high shot glove side.

Barkov scored on the power play at 7:49 of the third period to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Jonathan Huberdeau found Barkov at the right face-off circle for a one-timer.

McAvoy scored on the power play at 13:35 to tie it 2-2, finishing a cross-ice pass from Brad Marchand.

Ullmark made the save against Huberdeau, Barkov and Owen Tippett in the shootout.

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