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The Only Thing You Need to Know About the Bruins’ 2-1 Win Over the Panthers

Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal in overtime to propel the Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Panthers, adding to a stat line that also included an assist and five shots on net. Michael Dwyer/AP

In the Bruins mediocre start to the 2014-15 season, it was the struggles of one of their top lines that had been a glaring issue. On Tuesday, it was that same line that gave the Bruins their third win in as many games.

The trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Reilly Smith were on their “A’’ game against the Florida Panthers, erasing a second period deficit and leading the Bruins to a 2-1 overtime victory.

After the Panthers took a 1-0 lead early in the second period, Bergeron got the tying goal three minutes later, scoring on a spinning wrist shot that beat Roberto Luongo.

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Two periods later, in overtime, Brad Marchand broke into the Panthers zone off a pass from Dougie Hamilton, deked around Florida defenseman Dylan Olsen, and netted the game-winner top shelf to secure two points for the Black and Gold.

Bergeron tallied a team-leading six shots in the game, while Marchand and Smith – who each earned an assist on Bergeron’s goal – recorded five and one, respectively.

The game was a homecoming for longtime fan favorite Shawn Thornton, who played a career-high 16:03 in ice time.

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