Florida’s Aleksander Barkov, 16, celebrates after scoring against the Bruins during the second period Wednesday night at Sunrise, Fla. Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. — Aleksander Barkov had two goals and two assists, Sam Reinhart added four assists and the Florida Panthers beat the Boston Bruins 6-1 on Wednesday night to tie the second-round series at a game apiece.

Brandon Montour had a goal and two assists, and Steven Lorentz, Gustav Forsling and Eetu Luostarinen also scored. The Panthers chased Bruins starter Jeremy Swayman early in the third period after four straight goals, then added two more against Linus Ullmark.

Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 15 saves for the Panthers. The five-goal margin matched Florida’s biggest in a playoff game, tying the mark set against Tampa Bay in another 6-1 victory April 29.

Charlie Coyle had the goal for the Bruins, who lost to Florida for the first time in six meetings this season. The series shifts to Boston for Game 3 on Friday night and Game 4 on Sunday night.

And it’s a series now — 136 penalty minutes getting handed out in the third period after multiple dustups created a narrative that will carry into Friday, highlighted by Florida’s Matthew Tkachuk getting several shots in on Boston’s David Pastrnak in a star-on-star showdown with the game already out of hand.

After the first 20 minutes, Florida was simply dominant. They didn’t even allow Boston a shot on goal for a stretch of more than 16 minutes of game time, 53 minutes of actual time. Parker Wotherspoon sent the puck the full length of the ice with 5:08 left in the second, credited as a shot since it was right at Bobrovsky. The Bruins didn’t get another shot until Wotherspoon had one with 8:57 left in the third.


Swayman — who basically split time with Ullmark during the regular season, getting 43 starts to Ullmark’s 39 — made his seventh consecutive start, the longest such run for a Boston goalie since Tuukka Rask made 11 straight starts to end the 2021-22 season.

Swayman did not make it to the finish, after Florida finally solved him in the second period. Swayman stopped 19 of 23 shots, his playoff goals-against average going from 1.42 to 1.81.

Boston had not allowed more than one goal in any period so far in these playoffs and hadn’t given up three in a period in nearly two months — not since the New York Rangers struck for three in the third of a game on March 21, two of those being empty-netters. The Bruins hadn’t had a three-goals-allowed period with an actual goalie in net since March 16 against Philadelphia.

But the Panthers found a way, getting one goal early, one midway through the period and then one right at the very end. Lorentz tipped a shot from Montour into the top corner of the net at 1:58, Barkov got in close to sweep a rebound of Reinhart’s shot into the net for a 2-1 lead at 9:49, and then Forsling played a little beat-the-clock to push the lead to 3-1.

Montour got his glove on the puck to keep in a clearing attempt from the Bruins with about 7 seconds left. His shot from the right point sailed wide, Anton Lundell controlled the bounce off the end boards and found Forsling’s blast from the left side with 1.3 seconds left got past Swayman — who seemed to be screened by Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy on the play.

The momentum carried into the third. It took Florida just 1:28 to make it 4-1, with Barkov setting up Luostarinen from in close for an easy one. That was the end of Swayman’s night.

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