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Thursday, February 19th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (29-14-11-6) at Philadelphia Flyers (31-14-11-5), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to get back on the winning track tonight when they host the Boston Bruins at the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers have lost two straight games by a score of 5-2 after winning their previous five contests.

On Tuesday, Cory Stillman and Brad Richards notched a goal and two assists, as the Tampa Bay Lightning pounded the Flyers at St. Pete Times Forum. Mark Recchi and Tony Amonte scored for Philadelphia, which was also dealt a 5-2 setback by San Jose on Monday.

Sean Burke displayed another poor outing for Philadelphia. After allowing five goals on 20 shots against San Jose on Monday night, the recently-acquired veteran netminder again let in five in this one, falling to 2-2 with Philly.

Philadelphia is now 9-3-1 in its last 13 games.

The Flyers, who lead the Atlantic Division by six over New Jersey, continued to play without their two All-Star centers, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau, who are both out indefinitely with head injuries.

Philly remains atop the Eastern Conference with 78 points -- two ahead of Ottawa and Toronto.

The Flyers, who have won three of their last four games at the Wachovia Center, begin a three-game homestand tonight.

The Bruins, meanwhile, are coming off a 5-2 victory in Toronto on Tuesday. Glen Murray posted a goal and an assist to lead Boston.

Mike Knuble, Andy Hilbert, Ted Donato and Joe Thornton also scored for the Bruins, who won after consecutive overtime losses. They have earned a point in 10 straight games (7-0-1-2) and improved to 8-2-1-1 in their last 12 on the road. Calder Trophy candidate Andrew Raycroft made 22 saves in the win.

Jiri Slegr and Patrice Bergeron each posted two assists for the Bruins, who have won four of the last five games in the series.

The Bruins, with 75 points, are one behind Ottawa and Toronto in the Northeast Division race.

Murray has accounted for 12 goals in his last 13 games, while Thornton has five tallies and eight assists in his past seven contests.

The Bruins complete their seven-game road trip in Carolina on Saturday.

The Flyers are unbeaten in the last four matchups with Boston and haven't lost in the previous three meetings in the City of Brotherly Love (1-0-2).

02/19 10:30:22 ET

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