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Bruins defeat Flyers in Swayman debut on Marchand shorthanded goal

Makes 40 saves in split of back-to-back set; Bergeron scores hat trick

by Adam Kimelman / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Bergeron records hat trick

BOS@PHI: Bergeron nets a hat trick in 4-2 victory

Patrice Bergeron netted 3 goals for a hat trick and earned his 900th career NHL point, helping the Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Swayman made 40 saves in his NHL debut, helping the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

"My mentality throughout the game was don't get too high, don't get too low," Swayman said. "Learned that from [assistant coach] Alfie Michaud back at Maine, and that's going to stick with me for a long time. Just one shot at a time."

Patrice Bergeron scored a hat trick, and Brad Marchand scored a tiebreaking shorthanded goal with three assists for Boston (20-10-6).

Video: BOS@PHI: Marchand tucks it home through the five hole

Jakub Voracek had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia (18-15-5), and Carter Hart made 22 saves.

Philadelphia won 3-2 in overtime at Boston on Monday.

"I thought our guys played with urgency, I thought we played the right way," Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We checked when it was time to check. We didn't give them a lot of looks. We got some great looks, we weren't able to finish, and they were able to finish. That was the difference in tonight's game."

Bergeron gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 7:09 of the first period. Craig Smith tipped Marchand's shot off Hart's chest, and the rebound went to Bergeron, who scored his 900th NHL point.

The Bruins captain then made it 2-0 at 17:31 with a power-play goal.

Voracek got the Flyers within 2-1 at 1:33 of the second period, and Shayne Gostisbehere scored from the right side to make it 2-2 at 4:03.

The Flyers outshot the Bruins 25-7 in the second period.

"He was battling all night and gave us a true chance to win, especially in that second period," Bergeron said of Swayman. "That poise was evident from the get-go, from the way that he prepared in the locker room. He looked ready, looked calm and he was the same way on the ice."

Swayman saved a breakaway by Scott Laughton to start the play that led to Bergeron's second goal.

"At the end of the day my job is to stop pucks and that's what I wanted to do for the team in order to give them a chance to win," the 22-year-old said. "I know if I do my job they're going to do theirs, and that's exactly what happened tonight."

Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 8:21 of the third period. He forced a turnover in the defensive zone and joined Jeremy Lauzon for a 2-on-1. Lauzon passed to Marchand, who deked and slid the puck between Hart's pads.

Bergeron finished his hat trick with an empty net goal at 19:37 for the 4-2 final.

Marchand and Bergeron combined for seven points and seven of Boston's 26 shots on goal.

"They're elite players in the League," Cassidy said. "They're always talked about when it comes to leadership in Boston and throughout the League.

"Tonight they were clearly our two best forwards. ... I can't say enough about them. They obviously were difference-makers tonight, and we needed it."

The Flyers had four shots on goal in the third period.

"We had a really good second," Gostisbehere said. "We tried to come out in the third. They had a really good start. It was back and forth. Obviously they get a shorthanded goal and that changes the period. ... We had our chances, but it's a tough one out there."

Video: BOS@PHI: Gostisbehere buries a shot from the circle

NOTES: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy did not play because of an upper-body injury. Cassidy said McAvoy is day to day. ... Bergeron is the fourth player to score 900 points with the Bruins, joining Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012). Bergeron has 367 goals and 535 assists in 1,125 games. ... Marchand's goal was his 48th shorthanded point, moving him past Bobby Orr and Ed Westfall for most in Bruins history. ... Gostisbehere's goal was his 57th, moving him past Behn Wilson for fifth among Flyers defensemen; Mark Howe is first with 138. ... The 25 shots on goal in the second were the most by the Flyers in a period since they had a Philadelphia-record 28 in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 11, 2019.

Video: Bergeron nets hat trick in 4-2 victory over Flyers

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