NHL-Bruins overpower Panthers as Rask has 34 saves

Feb 24 (Reuters) - Boston goalie Tuukka Rask shut down Florida with 34 saves as the Bruins feasted on the struggling Panthers for a 4-1 victory on Sunday.

While Rask was neutralizing the home team, Boston's offense took advantage of 23-year-old Florida netminder Jacob Markstrom, who faced 31 shots in just his second start of the season.

Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara scored in the first period for a 2-0 lead that was cut to just one after Florida's Tomas Kopecky responded late in the period.

Chris Kelly then converted on a power play in the second and the Bruins closed the scoring in the final 90 seconds on Daniel Paille's empty netter.

The victory was the third straight for Boston while Florida has dropped seven of eight games. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Gene Cherry.)