PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Patrice Bergeron gave the Boston Bruins a huge lift with
a pretty goal.
The Boston rookie scored an unassisted goal late in the second period in the
Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Bergeron, who also had an assist, snapped a 2-2 tie when he picked up the
puck in his defensive zone, skated untouched to the right circle, and fired a
wrist shot high over goalie Sean Burke's outstretched glove.
``That's not always my type of goal,'' Bergeron said. ``I'm more the type of
guy that's going to pick up a rebound. I try to be at the right spot in front
of the net. But this goal was just on transition. I'm pretty happy it went
Hal Gill, Rob Zamuner, and Glen Murray also scored to help the Bruins move
into a second-place tie with Ottawa in the Northeast Division.
``Berge is very poised beyond his years,'' veteran Bruins center Brian
Rolston said about the 18-year-old Bergeron. ``To be as aware as he is in the
defensive zone as well as in the offensive zone _ he plays the whole game. He's
got tremendous patience and just waited the goalie out.''
John LeClair scored twice and Simon Gagne added a goal for the Flyers, who
dropped their third straight game, the team's longest losing streak since
losing four straight from Jan. 8-13.
``I think it was evident tonight that we sat back and waited for things to
happen,'' LeClair said. ``We reacted instead of making it happen.''
Before the game, the Flyers acquired center Alexei Zhamnov and a
fourth-round pick in the June draft from the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman
Jim Vandermeer, the rights to unsigned draft choice Colin Fraser, and a
The teams traded bad goals in a 15-second span early in the first period,
then traded a pair of shaky rebound goals later in the period.
``We didn't have the start that we wanted to,'' Boston coach Mike Sullivan
said. ``But I thought we certainly wanted to put the puck on the net as often
as we could.''
At 4:01, Gill threw the puck toward the net from the boards. The puck kicked
off Philadelphia defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson's skate and bounced off Burke's
glove into the goal.
Gagne made it 1-1 at 4:16 when he beat Boston goalie Felix Potvin high to
the glove side with a wrist shot.
Zamuner put the Bruins ahead at 10:37 when he hammered in a rebound of a
shot by Brian Rolston. LeClair tied in at 15:36 when he flicked in a shot by
Kim Johnsson that Potvin failed to cover.
``I thought we outplayed them in the first period,'' Flyers coach Ken
Hitchcock said. ``Then they outplayed us. We turned it over and made the
mistake and it (Bergeron's goal) ended up in our net.''
Murray scored a power play goal on a rebound 31 seconds into the third
period, and LeClair cut it to 4-3 at 15:23.