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Bruins hope to rebound in Philadelphia

by Brian Compton
BRUINS (41-23-10) at FLYERS (45-19-10)

TV -- RDS, NESN, CSN-Philadelphia.

Last 10 -- Boston 3-4-3; Philadelphia 5-1-4.

Season Series -- This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams. The Bruins are 2-0-1 against the Flyers this season. They last faced each other on Jan. 13, when Boston earned a 7-5 victory at TD Garden.

Big Story -- Just hours after being blanked 1-0 on home ice by the New York Rangers, the Bruins were fortunate on Saturday night as the Montreal Canadiens were also shut out by the Washington Capitals. Montreal's loss allowed Boston to remain five points ahead of the Habs in the Northeast Division race, which will likely also be in the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bruins also have two games in hand on the Canadiens.

Meanwhile, the Flyers took one step closer towards clinching the Atlantic Division with their 4-1 win on Long Island on Saturday night. Led by James van Riemsdyk's hat trick, Philadelphia moved four points ahead of Pittsburgh with eight games to play. The Flyers have a game in hand on the Pens.
Team Scope:

Bruins -- Boston outshot the Rangers 12-1 in the third period, and the Bruins attempted 34 shots in the final 20 minutes as they bombarded Henrik Lundqvist and his defense, but the Bruins failed to get a puck past the Blueshirts' goaltender in a disappointing 1-0 loss.

The Bruins, who were shut out for the sixth time this season, have lost seven of their last 10 games.

"(Tuukka Rask) needed a little bit of support from up front," coach Claude Julien said. "Unfortunately, he didn't get that."

Flyers -- James van Riemsdyk wasn't the only player who shined for Philadelphia on Saturday night. Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves -- as he thoroughly outplayed Rick DiPietro -- to help the Flyers earned their 24th win on the road this season.

"They had a lot of shots, but most of them were from the outside," Flyers captain Mike Richards said. "The defense did a good job of clearing the second and third opportunities. Bob made a couple of big saves to keep the score at 2-0 and 3-1. It was a good game."

Who's Hot -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in his last three games. … Flyers forward Claude Giroux has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in his last three contests.  

Injury Report -- Boston will be without Marc Savard (concussion) and Shane Hnidy (shoulder). … The Flyers are missing Chris Pronger (broken hand), Jody Shelley (fractured orbital bone), Oskars Bartulis (shoulder) and Ian Laperriere (post-concussion syndrome).

Stat Pack -- With a 4-1 win Saturday night, the Flyers snapped a stretch of four straight shootouts -- in which they lost three -- and earned a point for the ninth straight game (5-0-4). They also reached 100 points in 74 games, the fastest they hit the mark since 1985-86.

Puck Drop -- "We still didn’t play to where we're capable of, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. "We can build off this and keep getting better as the season winds down." -- Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk after Saturday's 4-1 win against the Islanders

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