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Surging Bruins overwhelm slumping Flyers in Philly

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- From snipers to defensemen, the Boston Bruins are getting plenty of scoring.

Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara had two goals each, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 on Saturday.

Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins. The defending Eastern Conference champions are 3-0-1 since losing five of eight, and trail only Pittsburgh in the conference.

"The more you can spread around the scoring, the tougher you are to defend," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "It's important to have. We like the fact that we are well-balanced and our scoring is spread around."

Chara became the eighth Bruins player to reach double-digits in goals when he scored in the first period to make it 1-0. He also capped the scoring with another power-play goal.

"I think it's important we have a lot of contributions," Iginla said. "When you get in tight games, we feel we have a lot of guys who can find goals. You want a lot of different guys who can score and a lot of guys are feeling it."

Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal for the slumping Flyers, who've lost four in a row. They're 2-5-2 in their past nine games, tumbling from second place in the division to eighth in the East. It's their worst stretch since a 1-7 start that saw coach Peter Laviolette fired three games into the season.

"We need to be a consistent team and that's what we strive to be," coach Craig Berube said. "If you want to be a good team, a playoff team, a team that does something in the playoffs, you have to be consistent. You lose a few games and you're fragile. That's what I see. But we can correct that and go in the right direction. We're a good team. It's a confidence thing for us."

Steve Mason allowed four goals on 19 shots and was yanked for the second time in three starts since signing a contract extension last Saturday.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Chara's first power-play goal in the first period. After Sean Couturier failed on a clearing attempt, David Krejci swung the puck around down low. Iginla passed it to Chara, who flipped a shot from a side angle that bounced off defenseman Braydon Coburn's skate and went in.

Iginla fired a slap shot from the right circle past Mason to make it 2-0 just 17 seconds before the first intermission.

A turnover by defenseman Nicklas Grossmann led to Boston's third goal. Smith stepped around Grossmann and swiped at the puck, which hit the post, hit Mason and went in.

"Teams can't just rely on shutting down one line when you have a lot of guys scoring," Smith said. "It stifles the defense and changes the game."

Rask kept it 3-0 with his toughest save, a sliding glove stab going right to left to rob Jakub Voracek on a one-timer.

Bergeron made it 4-0 minutes later, sending Mason to the bench.

Giroux and Iginla traded power-play goals in the third.

"We have to get better," Giroux said. "We're going away from how we want to be as a team and how we were winning games."

Notes

  • Rask earned his career-high 23rd win.
  • Iginla's first goal was his first since Jan. 2, snapping an eight-game drought.
  • Flyers D Andrej Meszaros was a healthy scratch despite his recent offensive production. RW Steve Downie also was benched.
  • The Bruins are 43-35-12 in Philadelphia. They're the only team with a winning record on the road vs. the Flyers.
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Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara contribute four goals, three on the PP, for the Bruins, who have won three out of four.  (USATSI)
Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara contribute four goals, three on the PP, for the Bruins, who have won three out of four. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Boston  (32-15-3) «2226
Philadelphia (25-22-6)0011
Three Stars
J. Iginla
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
Z. Chara
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Krejci
BOS


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:30Power Play - Zdeno Chara (10), Tip-In. Assist: Iginla, Krejci
19:42 - Jarome Iginla (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lucic, Krug
2ND PERIOD
06:59 - Reilly Smith (16), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
13:10 - Patrice Bergeron (13), Snap Shot. Assist: Marchand
3RD PERIOD
07:55Power Play - Claude Giroux (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Voracek, Timonen
08:21Power Play - Jarome Iginla (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Krug, Krejci
09:16Power Play - Zdeno Chara (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Iginla, Krejci
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:07Grossmann, 2 min, Boarding
05:32Giroux, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
07:39Boychuk, 5 min, Fighting
07:39Hartnell, 5 min, Fighting
09:42Rosehill, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
13:21Campbell, 5 min, Fighting
13:21Schenn, 5 min, Fighting
14:59Hamilton, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
06:44Chara, 2 min, Holding
08:11Grossmann, 4 min, High sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
BOS9131133
PHI129526
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Tuukka Rask60:00251
Steve Mason33:10154
Game Information
Attendance - 19938
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Dean Morton
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Scott Cherrey
 
Other Games
StL 4 Final
NYI 3
Buf 5 Final
Colu 2
Wash 5 Final
Mon 0
Colo 2 Final
TB 5
Tor 4 Final
OT
Wpg 5
Pitt 0 Final
Dal 3
Ana 3 Final
LA 0
Min 2 Final
OT
SJ 3
Ott 3 Final
Car 6