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Saturday, December 11th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-5) at Boston Bruins (16-8-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins have yet to lose in regulation this month
and will aim for a third straight victory when they host the Philadelphia
Flyers tonight at TD Garden.
The Bruins are 4-0-1 so far in December and their first victory of the month
came in Philadelphia on Dec. 1. Tim Thomas made 41 saves to record a shutout
in that 3-0 decision, the third straight regular-season victory in this series
That meeting from earlier this month marked the first game between these clubs
since the Flyers pulled off a monumental comeback against Boston in last
year's Eastern Conference semifinals. Philly lost the first three games before
winning four in a row to take the best-of-seven set and become just the third
team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
The Flyers won Game 7 on the road to complete the playoff comeback and
Philadelphia has also had success recently in Beantown during the regular
season. The Flyers have won five of seven and seven of their last 10 at TD
Tonight marks the end of a three-game homestand for Boston, which is just
7-5-2 as the host this year. The Flyers are 8-2-3 on the road this year and
have won four of their last five away from the City of Brotherly Love.
Boston improved to 2-0 on this homestand with Thursday's 5-2 victory over the
New York Islanders. Tuukka Rask was sharp with 33 saves and the strong play of
Boston's special teams helped the Bruins defeat the Isles.
Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder scored on the power play and Brad Marchand added
a short-handed tally for the Bruins.
Rask was making his first start since Nov. 28 and posted his first victory
since Nov. 18. Thomas, who is 8-2-1 with a 2.07 GAA in his career against
Philly, is expected to resume his starting role tonight.
Since losing to Boston earlier this month the Flyers have gone four straight
games without a regulation loss, posting a 3-0-1 record during that stretch.
Philadelphia played games on back-to-back nights this Wednesday and Thursday,
losing a 5-4 shootout decision to visiting San Jose before rebounding for a
regulation win in Toronto.
Danny Briere registered two goals and an assist to lead the Flyers to
Thursday's 4-1 win at Air Canada Centre.
Ville Leino and Chris Pronger also scored for the Flyers, who bounced back
nicely one night after they blew a three-goal lead in the third period during
the loss to San Jose.
Andrej Meszaros posted two assists for Philadelphia on Thursday, while Brian
Boucher made 31 saves in the victory.
"I thought that he completely controlled the game out there," said Flyers head
coach Peter Laviolette when describing his goaltender. "He was probably the
best player on the ice. The way he handled the puck, the rebounds, he was in
Briere is leading the Flyers with 16 goals this year and has five of those
markers in his last six games. The veteran winger also has 36 points (12
goals, 24 assists) in 38 career tests against the Bruins.
12/11 10:35:36 ET