NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, March 29th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (47-17-10) at Philadelphia Flyers (41-23-10), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to inch closer to securing
a playoff spot in tonight's contest against the Boston Bruins at the Wachovia
With Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the New York Islanders, the Flyers are
currently fourth overall in the Eastern Conference with 92 points, one ahead
of fifth-seeded Carolina and two more than Pittsburgh. However, Philadelphia
has three games in hand on the Hurricanes and two on the Penguins.
The club has also played one less game than New Jersey, which leads the
Atlantic Division by six points over Philadelphia, giving the Flyers an
outside shot at a division title as well.
Trailing by two goals in the third period of last night's contest with the
Islanders, the Flyers got two tallies out of Joffrey Lupul -- giving him 100
goals for his career -- and another score from Scott Hartnell to erase the
The Islanders, though, tied the contest before the end of the frame, leading
to an eventual shootout. Mike Richards had the deciding tally in the extra
session, tucking a shot just beyond the left pad of Yann Danis. Martin Biron
then halted Mark Streit's following chance to seal the win for the Flyers.
Biron made 30 saves to extend his personal win streak over the Islanders to 11
games. Jeff Carter had an assist to run his point streak to six consecutive
contests for the Flyers, who have won four of their last five games.
Philadelphia returns home tonight and is 22-11-4 as the host this season.
The Flyers have won two straight over the Bruins and have points in four of
their last five matchups against them, going 2-1-2 in that span. Boston,
though, has won three straight and five of its last six in Philadelphia.
The Bruins have won three straight overall as well and are coming off last
night's wild 7-5 win in Toronto. Mark Recchi netted two power-play goals in
the victory, including one in the second period that was the first of four
unanswered goals by Boston.
Boston managed its best offensive output since an 8-5 win over Toronto on
December 18 despite playing without leading goal-scorer Phil Kessel, who
missed the contest due to an undisclosed injury that will likely keep him out
tonight as well.
Chuck Kobasew, Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton, David Krejci and Blake Wheeler
also scored for the Bruins. Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick both finished with
three assists for Boston, which leads the Eastern Conference with 104 points,
five ahead of Washington.
Manny Fernandez made 33 saves to snap a personal five-game losing streak and
post his first win since January 8.
The victory also snapped Boston's five-game road losing streak and improved
the club to 22-11-4 as the guest this year.
03/29 15:02:31 ET