The Bruins came they saw and they conquered Tim Thomas and the Florida Panthers.

Some of the suspense was taken out of the proceedings when the Bruins scored two early goals against the 39-year-old goaltender and a shoddy Florida defense but they also managed to tack on in the closing minute of the third period for a 3-2 victory at a quarter-filled BB&T Center.

Reilly Smith scored his first goal as a member of the Bruins with less than a minute to go as he back-handed a dribbling shot through Thomas’ pads for the winner.

Daniel Paille opened the scoring less than four minutes into the first period when he took a long stretch pass from Dennis Seidenberg and snapped a shot over the stick-side shoulder of Thomas. The Bruins doubled their advantage and ended an 0-for-12 power play dry spell when Dougie Hamilton blasted a high-center post shot through a Zdeno Chara screen and past Thomas.

The Panthers managed to climb back into it in a gritty second period where they clogged up the neutral zone. Kris Versteeg snapped a top shelf wrist shot past Tuukka Rask on a delayed slashing call on David Krejci and that set up a one-goal game in the third period.

Jesse Winchester tied things up in the closing minutes when he managed to knock Chara off a puck in front of the Boston net and then popped it past Tuukka Rask in impressive fashion.