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Bruins lead over Panthers, head home for Game 6

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Florida PanthersMay 14, 2024; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) moves the puck against the Florida Panthers during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amerant Bank Arena. Mandatory credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist to help the Boston Bruins avoid elimination with a 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night in Sunrise, Florida.

The Panthers still lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 6 on Friday night in Boston.

Morgan Geekie also scored and Jeremy Swayman made 28 saves for the Bruins, who have never overturned a 3-1 series deficit in a best-of-seven set in 25 previous attempts.

Sam Reinhart scored and Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves for the Panthers, who had won three in a row to take control of the series.

Geekie gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 4:49 of the first period with his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Jake DeBrusk grabbed the puck behind the Florida net and passed it to Geekie who drove to the crease. Bobrovsky came off the goal line to make the save, but Geekie pulled the puck to his backhand and slid it into the net.

The Panthers jumped to a 17-8 lead when Florida coach Paul Maurice gave his team a spirited pep talk during a timeout early in the second period.

Aleksander Barkov won the ensuing faceoff and the Panthers kept the puck in the Boston zone before Aaron Ekblad took a shot from the right point that hit Reinhart in the slot.

Swayman tried to poke the puck up the middle, but it went back to Reinhart, who fired his shot off the post and into the net to make it 1-1 at 6:23.

McAvoy put Boston back ahead 2-1 at 10:25 of the second.

Trent Frederic hurried into Florida’s zone and handed the puck back to Charlie Coyle, who dropped it for McAvoy. The Boston defenseman had room to skate between the hash marks and score with a wrist shot.

Boston forward Danton Heinen made contact with Bobrovsky moments before McAvoy’s goal, prompting the Panthers to challenge for goalkeeper interference, but the goal was upheld after a video review.

Bobrovsky kept the deficit at one goal when he dismissed DeBrusk on a breakaway with 5:35 left in the second period. He also stopped Pavel Zacha on a short-handed breakaway at 2:13 of the third.

Boston played its second straight game without team captain Brad Marchand, who was injured late in Game 3 after taking a hit to the head from the Panthers’ Sam Bennett. Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring during the postseason with 10 points (three goals, seven assists).

–Field-level media