NHL Game Summary - Boston at Philadelphia
(Thursday, February 19th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Patrice Bergeron recorded a goal and an assist to lead the streaking Boston Bruins over the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, at the Wachovia Center.
Glen Murray scored his 13th goal in the last 14 games, while Rob Zamuner and Hal Gill also scored for Boston, which has earned a point in each of its last 11 games (8-0-1-2).
Felix Potvin allowed three goals on 27 shots for the Bruins, who now have 77 points and trail both Philadelphia and Toronto by one for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
John LeClair posted his first two-goal game of the season for the Flyers, who have now dropped three straight after winning five consecutive games. Simon Gagne scored his sixth goal in nine February games for Philadelphia, which has allowed 14 goals in its last three games.
All 14 of those goals have been let in by recently-acquired goaltender Sean Burke, who has now fallen to 2-3 in his second stint in Philly. In this one, he posted 37 saves, but it was not enough.
"Our team was playing very, very well and getting points and winning games, but we've kind of let it slip a little bit," said Burke.
Two hours before faceoff, the Flyers acquired veteran center Alexei Zhamnov from Chicago in exchange for defenseman Jim Vandermeer and forward Colin Fraser. The move was made in light of the recent injuries to Philadelphia's top two centermen, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau, who are both out with head injuries.
Trailing by two goals late in the third period, LeClair's second goal of the game brought Philadelphia within one. He took control behind the net and warded off a defender before giving the puck up to Recchi in the slot.
Recchi then released a wrister, which LeClair unintentionally deflected into the back of the cage with 4:37 to go in regulation.
The rest of the game saw the Flyers gain a couple good chances, including one with Burke pulled for the extra skater, but they could not find the back of the net.
"We're disappointed because we're not getting the efforts that we need to from everybody when you have injuries," said Mark Recchi.
The two teams traded goals just 15 seconds apart to make it a 1-1 game early in the first period.
First, Burke let in a questionable goal and that gave Boston a short-lived lead when Hal Gill's floater from the left half-wall found its way into the net at 4:01.
Fifteen ticks later, though, Gagne brought the Flyers even with his 16th goal of the campaign. He picked up the puck along the goal line to the right of the net, skated out to the face-off dot and ripped a wrist shot past Potvin.
Midway through the first, the visitors regained their lead when Zamuner picked the corner from the low slot for his fourth goal and a 2-1 Boston edge.
But the Flyers once again tied it up just under five minutes later. A shot by Kim Johnsson from the right point fluttered toward the goal and was stopped. However, Potvin could not control the rebound and LeClair poked the puck under the pads of the Boston goaltender with 4:24 to play in the period.
The only goal of the middle stanza came off the stick of Bergeron. He broke in on a 2-on-1, waited out Flyers' defenseman Mattias Timander and fired a wrister up high to the short side as the Bruins went back on top, 3-2, at 16:47.
Just 31 seconds into the third, Murray's 25th goal of the season pushed the Boston lead to 4-2. Skating on the power play, Joe Thornton's stuffer attempt at the left post was saved by Burke, but the rebound was not as Murray tucked it in from the top of the crease.
Philadelphia is now 9-4-1 in its last 14 overall...The Bruins improved to 9-2-1-1 in their last 13 on the road and are now tied with Ottawa for second place in the Northeast Division with 77 points...The Flyers lost to Boston for the first time in four home games (1-1-2)... Zhamnov, who was traded for Roenick earlier in his career, is in his 12th NHL season and has six goals and 12 assists in 23 games this season...The Flyers did not score on their only power-play chance, while Boston was 1-for-2 with the extra skater.
02/19 23:48:55 ET