Panthers spoil Bruins’ bid for top seed in East

The Bruins didn’t seem like the team with the most to gain until it was too late Sunday night.
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Game Kids Reggie White Jersey Roberto Luongo came off the bench to shut down Boston in the third period, and the Florida Panthers dashed the Bruins’ hopes of getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win.

The Bruins trailed Tampa Bay by a point heading into the regular-season finale but couldn’t top a Panthers team that was eliminated from postseason contention Saturday.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the third, Boston made a furious surge, outshooting Florida 26-6 but only scoring once.

Pastrnak scored a power-play goal at 9:54 of the third. Pastrnak led the Bruins with 35 goals and had a career-high 80 points.

It has been a tough schedule for us but that’s not an excuse, Pastrnak said. The last few weeks have not been our best.

Dadonov put the game away when he scored an insurance goal with 1:49 remaining.

Would have been easy for them to come and in and shut it down but it’s a competitive league, Bruins forward Brad Marchand said.

Boston had been unbeaten in regulation over its last 11 home games and had beaten Florida in 12 of 13 overall.

Boston lost in the first round last year to Ottawa in six games after failing to make the playoffs the two previous seasons.

Marchand failed to score in the Bruins’ final six games, and David Krejci has one goal in 16 games. … Borgstrom scored his first career goal. … Florida D Keith Yandle tied his career high with his 48th assist.

Despite being Charles Hudon Authentic Jersey unable to reach an agreement before the start of free agency, Dimitroff is confident the Falcons will get the deal done soon.

With agents, we’re very mindful: We don’t want to muddy the waters,” Dimitroff said. Ultimately … [Ryan’s] a team guy. There’s no illegalities about talking to Matt Ryan myself or Dan Quinn. Of course we’ve had a talk here or there about the future. But as far as getting involved and trying to push wedges into a negotiation, no, because we have a good working relationship with Tom Condon and CAA. So I’m not concerned about that.

As far as the discussions with Matt, again Matt knows what this team is about and he knows what he can do for this team at a number of levels. He knows that he’s right up against a third contract in the NFL, and those are big contracts and significant discussion points. And he’s very aware of that. And he’s aware of everyone on the team being aware of it. He doesn’t want to be a distraction. That’s him. Ultimately, he’s a team guy through and through. Again, hopefully we can move through this and get this done.”

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