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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 Center.

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 deficit.

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


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