NHL Game Summary - Boston at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, February 4th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - David Krejci netted the game-winning goal in the third period as Boston slipped by Philadelphia, 3-1, at Wachovia Center.
Michael Ryder and Dennis Wideman also tallied for the Bruins, who have won three in a row and eight of their last 11 overall. Boston has also reeled off 10 wins in their last 11 games on the road.
Tim Thomas made 25 saves for the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins, who improved to 38-8-6 on the season for 82 points, five ahead of San Jose for the best record in the NHL.
Scott Hartnell provided the only goal for the flu-ridden Flyers, who missed forwards Mike Richards and Scottie Upshall along with defenseman Braydon Coburn. Philadelphia has dropped three of its last four games and missed a chance to tie the idle Rangers for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Martin Biron took the loss despite handling 30-of-33 shots.
After surviving several Flyers chances early on, Boston went up by a goal 5:48 into the third as Krejci chopped at a floating shot from Shane Hnidy and the puck got past Biron.
Only 35 seconds later the Bruins capitalized on another fluke, when Wideman's right-point blast slowed after it hit Jeff Carter's skate and slid into the net for a 3-1 lead.
"We just get the puck back to the point. Fluky goals go in that way, but these are the goals you need to win these kinds of games," noted Bruins forward Blake Wheeler.
The Flyers couldn't muster much offense for the remainder of the contest despite several rushes and Boston walked away with its 19th road win of the season.
"There's a reason they're the best team in the East," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "They have very committed players and they use their checking game to create offense."
Thomas kept his club in the game early, making a spectacular stop with the shaft of his goal stick as Carter shot to an empty net from the left circle. He made 14 saves in all over the opening 20 minutes, his busiest period of the contest.
"I saw the shot released and I did put my stick in the right place and fortunately I was able to follow it," Thomas said of his stop on Carter on a power play. "If you're going to give up a juicy rebound you better have a way to stop it."
The visitors broke the scoreless tie on Ryder's deflection of Wideman's wrister from the right point at 3:07 of the second, but Hartnell tied the game at 5:24, sneaking up the left side and tipping home a cross-ice feed from Joffrey Lupul.
The Bruins have won seven of the last 10 meetings and five of the last six in Philly...Philadelphia hasn't scored a home victory over Boston since March 10, 2007...Wideman has posted four goals and four assists in seven-game point streak...The clubs are set to meet again, in Boston, on Saturday...The Bruins play at Ottawa on Thursday.
02/04 22:44:26 ET