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Michael Dwyer, Associated Press
Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg, center, celebrates in a huddle with teammates Joe Corvo (14) and Tyler Seguin (19) as Florida Panthers' Tomas Kopecky, left, skates away after the Bruins scored their fourth goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011.

BOSTON — 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.