- Travis Green scored two goals, while Marco Sturm and Patrice Bergeron
combined in their second straight game for the eventual game-winner to help the Bruins skate past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Thursday night. Wayne Primeau added a highlight reel goal and Tim Thomas
made 35 saves for Boston's second straight win.
"We had some quality scoring chances tonight and we were able to take advantage of them," said Head Coach Mike Sullivan. "(Philadelphia) is a good team and they're going to put pressure on us. I thought we did a good job at keeping the puck on the perimeter and kept the shots on the outside. The number of quality chances they did get, Timmy was able to make some timely saves. On our side, we took advantage of some opportunities and our guys were able to cash in."
The Bruins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at 5:06 of the first. Travis Green picked off a Flyers pass at their blue line and skated the puck into the zone. Green cut to his backhand and beat Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki for his sixth goal of the season.
Just 1:21 into the second period, Patrice Bergeron
put the Bruins up 2-0 on the power play. Sergei Samsonov fed the puck to Bergeron in the high slot who sent a quick snap shot on net that beat Niittymaki low stick-side for his 14th goal of the season.
Philadelphia responded at 4:38 and cut the Boston lead to one. From the corner, Mike Knuble passed the puck up to Mike Rathje at the point. Rathje shot the puck and Sami Kapanen was able to tip it through Tim Thomas
' legs for his eighth goal of the season.
At 11:24, the Bruins took back their two-goal lead and made it 3-1 on a Marco Sturm goal. Bergeron and Sturm picked up where they left off from the Anaheim game when they capitalized on a 2-on-1 break. Bergeron raced up ice and slid the puck across the front of the goalmouth to an open Sturm, who roofed it for his 16th goal of the season.
"Marco and I have great chemistry going on and those two-on-ones, eh? They just keep coming so it's awesome," smiled Bergeron. "It's great playing with him, he's a great player, and I'm just happy to be playing with him."
At 16:42, Green picked up his second goal of the night that made it 4-1 Bruins. Samsonov circled the net and made a pass to Green who backhanded it in past Niittymaki from the right side of the net. Tim Thomas
held strong throughout the night and made several timely saves, including a key stop at 7:21 of the second. Thomas slid across the crease and made a save from the splits on Flyers forward Jon Sim to keep the B's momentum from switching into Philadelphia's favor.
At 5:40 of third period, the Flyers scored on the power play to make it 4-2. Simon Gagne scored his 32nd of the year on a Mike Rathje shot. Thomas made the initial stop, but with traffic in front, he couldn't reach the Gagne bid.
Wayne Primeau put the game out of reach at 13:47 of the third with a highlight reel goal. Primeau took the puck on a one-on-one with Flyers defenseman Kim Johnsson. He triple-deked Johnsson and just as Niittymaki dove out to poke it away, Primeau pulled the puck back and backhanded it over the Philly goaltender for his eighth of the season, capping the scoring.
"It was just one of those things where you just relax a little bit," said Primeau. "Fitzy made a great play and took a hit to get the puck to me, and I was able to make a good move on the ‘D' and the goalie went down so I went upstairs with it. Once in a while, I pull those out of my helmet. It was a good feeling, but the better feeling was getting the win."
The Bruins will look to make it three in a row when they play host to Jaromir Jagr and the New York Rangers at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.