Luongo makes 33 saves for Panthers in shutout against Bruins

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Luongo makes 33 saves for Panthers in shutout against Bruins

SUNRISE, Fla. — Roberto Luongo made 33 saves for the shutout in his return to the Florida Panthers net, a 5-0 win against the Boston Bruins at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Luongo missed the previous five games because of a knee injury. The shutout was the 77th of his career, moving him past Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for ninth place on the NHL all-time list.

Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists to extend his streak of multipoint games to six, and Mike Hoffman scored two goals for the Panthers (11-10-5).

Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Matheson scored, and Aleksander Barkov had three assists.

Huberdeau is one shy of the Panthers record for most consecutive multipoint games, set by Pavel Bure in March 2001.

Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves for the Bruins (14-9-4), who lost for the third time in four games. Boston was shut out for the fifth time this season.

Florida took control with four goals in the second period.

Hoffman gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 4:21 when he poked home a loose puck in the crease. Huberdeau had an assist for his 296th NHL point, which moved him past Nathan Horton into fourth on Florida’s all-time list.

Matheson made it 2-0 at 13:13 with an end-to-end rush before Huberdeau scored on a wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle to give Florida a 3-0 lead at 15:14.

Hoffman made it 4-0 with 3.7 seconds left in the period with a power-play goal when he one-timed Barkov’s pass in the right circle.

Dadonov scored another power-play goal at 14:26 of the third period for the 5-0 final score.

Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad left the game at 12:19 of the third period after he was hit into the boards by Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton. No penalty was called.

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