Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/23/11
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. Jose Theodore allowed four goals on 14 shots in the first period and was replaced by Scott Clemmensen. The former Boston College goalie made 17 saves the rest of the way. Milan Lucic, Benoit Pouliot, Dennis Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell also scored. It was a matchup of division leaders and teams fighting for the lead in the Eastern Conference...
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