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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Panthers On Prowl for Record Start

NEW YORK -- The Florida Panthers maintained their unbeaten record with a 1-1 tie against the New York Rangers behind John Vanbiesbrouck's masterful goaltending.


As the only unbeaten team in the NHL with a 7-0-4 record, the Panthers moved a step closer to the Edmonton Oilers' record of 15 unbeaten games at the start of a season (12-0-3 in 1984-85).


This game was nearly a victory for the Panthers, who led 1-0 until Wayne Gretzky scored a power-play goal with 4:40 left in regulation. Before that, Vanbiesbrouck had stopped the Great One on at least five quality chances.


The Panthers, who got a second-period goal from Dave Lowry, maintained their mastery over the Rangers with a 5-0-1 record against them in their last six meetings dating to last season.


Vanbiesbrouck made 34 saves, including game-saving stops on Alexei Kovalev and Adam Graves in the last four minutes of regulation. Rangers goaltender Glenn Healy made 23 saves as New York outshot Florida 35-24.


Bruins 5, Devils 2. In Boston, Bill Ranford stopped 46 shots, four after losing his stick during a New Jersey power play, and the Boston Bruins scored three times in a span of 2:07 to beat the Devils.


The victory was Boston's first in five games at home this season, and it came despite the absence of defenseman Ray Bourque, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder bruise.


The Devils outshot the Bruins 48-33 but failed to beat them for the fifth consecutive time.


Adam Oates had a goal and two assists for Boston, scoring 7:51 into the first period to cap a three-goal spurt that gave the Bruins the lead for good.


Blackhawks 2, Lightning 2. In Tampa, Florida, Eric Weinrich scored his second goal of the game at 6:50 of the third period, helping the Chicago Blackhawks tie the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Dino Ciccarelli scored two goals for Tampa Bay. Schwab made 38 saves, while Chicago goalie Ed Belfour stopped 33 shots.


Schwab made 17 saves in the first period as the Lightning took a 1-0 lead. Chicago had eight shots, including six quality chances, in the first six minutes but couldn't score against Schwab, who made a stick save on Denis Savard during a 2-on-1 and stopped Bob Probert twice from the slot.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)