NHL: Boston 3, Florida 2

Oct. 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM

SUNRISE, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Reilly Smith sent a backhander past Tim Thomas with 58.7 seconds left in regulation Thursday, giving the Boston Bruins a 3-2 triumph over Florida.

Thomas -- who spent the first eight years of his career with the Bruins -- was facing his former team for the first time. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2011 while helping Boston win the Stanley Cup.

Boston won for the fourth time in its first six games after letting a two-goal lead slip away.

First-period goals by Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton put Boston in front, but Tampa Bay came back to tie it on a goal in the second period by Kris Versteeg and another in the third from Jesse Winchester.

Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots to collect the victory. Thomas saved 37-of-40 shots.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
New York Knicks, Afflalo agree to terms
Sacramento Kings trade Stauskas, Landry, Thompson to Philadelphia 76ers
NFL notebook: Richardson, Gates, McClain suspended four games
Venable, San Diego Padres pass St. Louis Cardinals
Wimbledon: Brown knocks off Nadal