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Boston at Philadelphia

Bruins solidify playoff berth with win over Flyers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Marchand picked a perfect time to snap his scoring slump.

Marchand's power-play goal with 3:43 left in regulation lifted the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

Nathan Horton also scored to help the Northeast Division-leading Bruins clinch a playoff spot. Marchand's goal was his 20th and first in 13 games.

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2y-Montreal486326
3y-Washington485724
4x-Boston486224
5x-Toronto485726
6x-N.Y. Rangers485622
7x-Ottawa485621
8x-N.Y. Islanders485520
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9o-Winnipeg485122
10o-Philadelphia484922
11o-New Jersey484817
12o-Buffalo484814
13o-Carolina484218
14o-Tampa Bay484017
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"There's been pressure on him to get the 20th and a great way to get it is a game winner," said Mark Recchi, who assisted on the goal.

The Eastern Conference-leading Flyers had been unbeaten in regulation in their previous nine games. They are two points ahead of Washington and Pittsburgh for the top spot.

Kris Versteeg scored for Philadelphia.

The two teams could be headed for a playoff rematch. Last spring, the Flyers become the third NHL team in history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit when they beat the Bruins to advance to the conference finals.

"It's going to be very interesting," Marchand said. "Every game determines who we're going to play. It's going to be exciting watching every game because it could determine the outcome of where we're at in the playoffs."

With Flyers captain Mike Richards in the penalty box for high-sticking, Marchand stuffed a rebound off a slap shot by Dennis Seidenberg past Brian Boucher.

"We were patient and disciplined," said Tim Thomas, who made 27 saves for the Bruins. "They took the penalty at the end and we capitalized."

Versteeg opened the scoring early in the first with his 20th goal. His one-timer from the side of the net off a pass from Richards beat Thomas to the stickside.

But the Flyers, coming off a 4-1 win at the New York Islanders on Saturday night, looked sluggish the rest of the way.

"First period, we had some passions, some energy," defenseman Andrej Meszaros said. "Then it disappeared for some reason. They did everything better than us."

The Bruins tied it on Horton's 23rd goal in the second. Just 4 seconds into a power play, Horton put in a rebound off a slap shot from the point by Tomas Kaberle.

Thomas went down to his knees to block a point-blank shot by Jeff Carter early in the third to keep it tied.

The Flyers went 0-1-2 against the Bruins, Capitals and Penguins in the past week.

"It's just little things we need to correct," Richards said. "We need to be more consistent."

Boston is four points out of second place in the East.

"We're focused on where we are and not where we're going to be," Recchi said. "We're pretty confident we're not going to slip past third. We just want to be playing our best hockey full speed ahead."

Notes

  • The Bruins are 7-0-1 in Philadelphia since March 10, 2007.
  • The Flyers are 13-6-5 without D Chris Pronger this season. He's sidelined by a hand injury.
  • The Bruins are 3-0-1 against the Flyers this season. They're one of only two teams with a winning overall record (90-56-27) against the Flyers. Montreal is the other.
  • Thomas is 10-2-2 against Philadelphia.
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Boston's Brad Marchand (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring the eventual game winner against the Flyers. (AP)
Boston's Brad Marchand (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring the eventual game winner against the Flyers. (AP)

Scoreboard
Boston  (42-22-10) «0112
Philadelphia (44-20-10)1001
Three Stars
B. Marchand
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
T. Thomas
BOS


Saves: 27
Save Pct.: .964
K. Versteeg
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:45 - Kris Versteeg (20), Tip-In. Assist: Richards, van Riemsdyk
2ND PERIOD
07:40Power Play - Nathan Horton (23), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kaberle, Krejci
3RD PERIOD
16:17Power Play - Brad Marchand (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Seidenberg, Recchi
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:57Versteeg, 2 min, Holding
18:22Bergeron, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
07:36Betts, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
15:33Richards, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
BOS10141236
PHI1071128
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Tim Thomas60:00271
Brian Boucher58:50342
Game Information
Attendance - 19927
Referees - Paul Devorski, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Brian Mach, Michel Cormier
 
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Fla 1 Final
Pitt 2
Ott 4 Final
Atl 5
Van 4 Final
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