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Bruins aim to extend winning streak in Philadelphia

by John Kreiser

BRUINS (30-13-2) at FLYERS (28-14-4)

TV: NESN (GD), CSN-Philadelphia

LAST 10: Boston 6-3-1; Philadelphia 6-4-0

Season Series: It's the third of four meetings this season, with both teams winning a game on the road. Philadelphia won 2-1 on opening night in Boston; the Bruins returned the favor with a 6-0 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 17.

Big Story: Both teams are coming off tough games on Saturday afternoon and are playing for the third time in less than 72 hours. The Flyers lost three players to injuries but won 4-1 at New Jersey; the Bruins lost 3-2 to the Rangers in Boston on a power-play goal with 3.6 seconds remaining.

Team Scope:

Bruins: Boston was less than four seconds from getting to a shootout on Saturday against the Rangers when Marian Gaborik backhanded home a second rebound to cost the Bruins the second point. The B's spent the last 3:10 of OT killing a penalty after defenseman Andrew Ference was assessed a five-minute charging major for running Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh into the end boards from behind.

"I think the guys did a great job killing it, but then an unfortunate bounce there and it's an automatic," said goaltender Tuukka Rask, who broke his stick in frustration after Gaborik's goal. "I saved it twice, right? He just wacked at it. I think I was on my stomach. Not too good of a chance at it."

Flyers: Not many coaches would call their timeout 3:07 into the second period of a scoreless game, but Peter Laviolette did just that Saturday against New Jersey -- and it worked. With his team playing sluggishly, the timeout appeared to jump-start the Flyers, who scored two goals in the second period and two more in the third.

"I think when you see a team playing a certain level, you know what they're capable of and we weren't where we needed to be," Laviolette said. "New Jersey has really done a good job of climbing back into the top of the conference by playing a certain way, aggressive and competitive.

"It was really nice to see us get physical and competitive and, really, play with more attitude. It's all about attitude, and they all stepped up in a big way for the win … a tough win on the road."

Who's Hot: None of the Bruins is on a scoring roll -- but Boston has a League-high seven players with 31 or more points. … Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell had a pair of goals Saturday and leads the Flyers with 22, including four in the last five games. Rookie Matt Read has goals in back-to-back games and has six points during a five-game scoring streak.

Injury Report: Boston is healthy except for center Marc Savard (concussion), who won't play this season. … The Flyers lost center Danny Briere (concussion) and forwards Jaromir Jagr (lower body) and Zac Rinaldo (upper body) in the win at New Jersey. GM Paul Holmgren quickly ruled out both Jagr and Briere for Sunday. James van Riemsdyk and Chris Pronger are out with concussions.

Stat Pack: The Bruins have won their last four regular-season visits to Philadelphia and is 8-0-1 in its last nine at the Wells Fargo Center. … The Flyers scored twice on the power play Saturday, improving to 9-1-1 when they get more than one extra-man goal.

Puck Drop: The best news for the Flyers this week is that Ilya Bryzgalov appears to have found his form again after a length slump. Bryzgalov made 30 saves on Saturday and has back-to-back wins while allowing one goal or less in each game.

"He's looked confident in net and he's playing the puck better," Hartnell said. "He's been working on playing [the puck] and chipping it into the corners. He's made it easier on our defensemen for breakouts. When he's making saves, he's one of the best goalies in the league. That's why we signed him. It's nice to see him put together a nice win on the road."

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