BOSTON (AP) – Hannu Toivonen made 15 saves in the third period and finished with 29 to help the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Thursday night.

Boston, playing without top free-agent acquisitions Brian Leetch (knee) and Alexei Zhamnov (shoulder), is 3-0-4 in its last seven games.

Brad Boyes, Glen Murray, Jiri Slegr and Travis Green scored for the Bruins, and Sergei Samsonov added two assists. Joel Kwiatkowski had the lone goal for Florida, winless in its last four games.

Boyes and Murray scored in a 3:52 span of the first period to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Boyes opened the scoring, converting a pass from Shawn McEachern after McEachern stole the puck from Roberto Luongo behind the net. Luongo has struggled against Boston this season, giving up eight goals in two games. Slegr made it 3-0 30 seconds into the third period during a two-man advantage. Slegr scored after Branislav Mezei received a minor penalty following a double minor to Martin Gelinas. Gelinas received an additional minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after mocking the referee twice before heading to the penalty box. The goal snapped an 0-for-16 drought on the power play for Boston.

Green added an empty-net goal for Boston.

Notes: Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque rejoined the Bruins on Thursday as a coaching consultant. The 44-year-old Bourque will work with the team at practice two to four times a week, starting Friday. … Boston recalled Milan Jurcina and Eric Nickulas from Providence. … Boston allowed less than three goals for the second time in the last 10. … Four of the Bruins’ six wins this season have come against Florida and Pittsburgh.

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