Marchand Scores First Career Hat Trick as B’s Shutout Panthers

Marchand leads Bruins to 8-0 rout of Panthers

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – Brad Marchand had his first career hat trick and a
career-high five points to help Boston beat the Florida Panthers
8-0 on Friday night, giving the Bruins their sixth consecutive
victory and their most lopsided of the season.

      Marchand scored a short-handed goal to start things off, then
added two more and a pair of assists to lead the defending Stanley
Cup champions to their 20th win in 23 games. After his third goal,
midway through the third period to make it 8-0, fans showered the
ice with all kinds of headwear, including a fair number of Santa
hats.

      Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists, and Tuukka Rask
made 30 saves for Boston.
      

      
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