Flyers Rally Late, But Fall To Bruins 4-3 In Shootout
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There is no secret to Boston’s road success. The Bruins play their system and play it well no matter where they play.
Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and also tallied in the shootout to help Boston to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The Bruins have won nine straight road games, a single-season club record.
“Just being smart, playing the system and not forcing plays,” Bergeron said. “Every time we take what’s there, we have success.”
Reilly Smith, the fifth Boston shooter, clinched the victory in the shootout for the Bruins, who ended March 15-1-1.
“That’s pretty impressive,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “They’ve stayed focused, they’ve stayed humble, they’ve stayed determined. I’m very proud of the way we’ve handled this month.”
Vincent Lecavalier scored twice for the Flyers, including the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. Lecavalier’s first goal was the 400th of his career.
“I’ve always wanted to have a long career, but you don’t come into the league saying, ‘I want a certain amount of goals,’” Lecavalier said. “You come into the league saying, ‘I want to win the Stanley Cup.’ I never even thought about 400. Now that it was today I was proud of it, but as a hockey player your goal is to win a Stanley Cup.”
Kimmo Timonen also scored for Philadelphia, which has lost three of four to remain in third place in the Metropolitan Division.
“I thought our team competed real hard,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “They had an attitude today that they were going to show them something and I think they did. I know the outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but we attacked and put a lot of pucks at the net.”
Andrej Meszaros and Zdeno Chara also scored, and Tuukka Rask made a career-high 49 saves for the Bruins.
“They play their system to a ‘T’ no matter what,” Berube said. “They don’t vary from it. They’re a very competitive, heavy team.”
Bergeron scored to give Boston a 1-0 lead in the shootout and Claude Giroux, Philadelphia’s second shooter, tied it. But no other Flyers shooter scored.
The Bruins’ last road setback came in overtime Feb. 26 at Buffalo, and they haven’t lost on the road in regulation since a Jan. 9 defeat at Los Angeles.
Lecavalier scored his second goal with 25 seconds left. With goalie Steve Mason on the bench, Philadelphiapressed into the Boston zone. Johnny Boychuk had a chance to clear the zone, but the puck bounced over his stick on a backhand clearing attempt and went right to Jakub Voracek.
Rask contested Voracek, who passed in front to a wide-open Lecavalier.
It looked as if Boston had it won in regulation.
Boston erased a one-goal deficit with a pair of second-period goals.
Chara scored on the power play 5:44 into the period. Jarome Iginla set Chara up for the goal with a pass in front of the net, and Chara wheeled to his backhand and lifted it past Mason to the far side of the net.
Bergeron continued his torrid pace with a goal in his seventh straight game, this one with 8:55 left in the period to give the Bruins a 3-2 advantage. Bergeron whirled around from the left circle and his turnaround shot slipped under Mason’s pads.
The Flyers led 2-1 after an action-packed first period. Lecavalier opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game by beating Rask with a slap shot from the point that dipped under Rask’s glove.
Meszaros, who the Flyers traded to the Bruins at the trade deadline for a conditional third-round pick, tied it just over five minutes later when his wrist shot from the slot got past Mason on the stick side after Philadelphiahad trouble clearing the zone.
Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo raised the excitement level with a hard check on Iginla with just over four minutes left in the period and the players subsequently were penalized for fighting in a one-sided affair in favor of Rinaldo.
Timonen gave Philadelphia a one-goal lead with 41.7 seconds left in the period by finishing an cross-ice, back-handed pass from Voracek.
Notes: The Bruins won eight straight on the road during the 1971-72 and 1992-93 seasons. . Lecavalier became the 90th player to reach 400 goals. . The Bruins are the only team in the NHL against which the Flyers have a sub-.500 record all-time in Philadelphia. . Steve Downie (upper body injury) missed his fourth straight game for the Flyers. . Boston improved to 2-0 against the Flyers this season, counting a 6-1 win atPhiladelphia on Jan. 25. The teams will conclude the regular-season series at 1 p.m. Saturday in Boston.
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