Originally created 11/17/06

Bergeron's goal lifts Bruins to OT victory



BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron scored 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to their third consecutive victory, a 2-1 win, over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Bergeron scored on a rebound of Brad Boyes' drive from the point, putting the puck past helpless goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

Bergeron was the star on consecutive nights. He scored the lone shootout goal in the Bruins' 3-2 victory at Washington on Wednesday.

The Bruins hadn't won three in a row since Jan. 23-26.

Bryan McCabe got Toronto even at 1-1 on the power play when his slap shot went between goalie Tim Thomas' legs with 6:42 remaining in regulation.

Thomas made 24 saves for the Bruins (7-7-2), who have earned all their victories this season in one-goal games.

Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he knocked a rebound past Aubin at 14:09 of the first period.

PANTHERS 5, CANADIENS 1

In Sunrise, Fla., Olli Jokinen scored three goals for his second career hat trick and Florida broke a four-game losing streak with a victory over Montreal.

The Panthers hadn't won since a 2-1 victory over Toronto on Nov. 2. They dropped 11 of 14 overall.

Chris Gratton and Jay Bouwmeester also scored for Florida, which had lost four of five at home since starting the season 4-0 there.

Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Ed Belfour stopped 27 shots for the Panthers. David Aebischer made 34 saves for Montreal.

DEAL STRUCK: Video-sharing site YouTube will show clips of NHL games, its first agreement with a professional sports league.

The agreement reached Wednesday will allow users to see video highlights of this season's NHL regular-season games, within 24 hours of the original broadcast.

The service will become available this month.

"The partnership will enable the NHL to expose YouTube's vast audience to all of the excitement and drama of the new NHL," said Doug Perlman, NHL Executive vice president of media.