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BOSTON (AP) -Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien prefers to look at his team as the one that holds the best record in the Eastern Conference, not the one that's lost eight of 11 games heading into the NHL trading deadline.

"My job is to coach the players that I have," Julien said Tuesday night after the Flyers scored four straight goals to beat Boston 4-2. "I've had this team all year, we're in first place, so I think we're capable of doing a good job. If we get some help, so be it."

The trading deadline is 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, and the Bruins have been actively involved in talks for reinforcements.

Simon Gagne had two goals and an assist and Mike Knuble had a goal and two assists for the Flyers, who have won six of their last nine games to solidify their hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

"We're in a playoff spot now, and what we do is going to affect where we go," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I think our focus right now has to be on us."

Antero Nittymaki stopped 22 shots and Scottie Upshall also scored as the Flyers played their second game since the return of Danny Briere, who missed the previous 36 games with a groin and stomach injury.

Patrice Bergeron and Stephane Yelle scored for Boston and Manny Fernandez made 22 saves.

At Toronto, Johnny Oduya scored 4:48 into overtime and Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots to move within four wins of breaking Patrick Roy's NHL mark of 551.

David Clarkson and Patrik Elias scored in regulation for New Jersey. John Mitchell scored twice for the Maple Leafs.

At St. Louis, Detroit overcame an early injury to star forward Marian Hossa in Chris Osgood's first shutout of the season.

Hossa, the Red Wings' leading scorer with 34 goals and 61 points, was hospitalized for observation after slamming headfirst into the boards early in the first period.

Tomas Kopecky, Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper, Niklas Kronwell and Valtteri Filppula scored and Osgood stopped 22 shots for his 299th win with the Red Wings, who have won three of four.

At Atlanta, rookie Michael Frolik scored twice, Stephen Weiss had three assists and Florida moved into fifth place in the East.

Cory Stillman and Richard Zednik also scored for the Panthers.

Ilya Kovalchuk, Colby Armstrong and Jim Slater scored for Atlanta, which has an NHL-low 24 points at home.

At Washington, Patrick Eaves scored twice and Cam Ward had 39 saves to help Carolina hand the Capitals their second consecutive lopsided loss at home.

Eric Staal scored on a penalty shot, Eaves and Matt Cullen had short-handed goals, Chad LaRose scored during a 5-on-5, and Eaves' power-play goal made it 5-0 late in the second period.

Alexander Semin scored his 100th NHL goal and Sergei Fedorov also scored for Washington.

At Nashville, Tenn., Jason Arnott scored a power-play goal in overtime to give the Predators their season-high fifth straight win.

Steve Sullivan scored twice 70 seconds apart in the third period, David Legwand scored two goals in the first and Ryan Suter added a power-play goal for Nashville.

Erik Cole, Andrew Cogliano and Jean-Jacques Francois scored for the Oilers, who lost their second in three games and are tied with Nashville in the Western standings.

At Tampa, Fla., Chris Kunitz had two goals and Matt Cooke also scored to help Pittsburgh maintain its hold on eighth place in the East.

Vinny Prospal scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost 12 of 16.

At Columbus, Ohio, Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, scoring the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lift the Blue Jackets.

Raffi Torres added a goal and an assist and Jake Voraeck and Jiri Novotny also scored for Columbus.

Jarret Stoll, Edward Purcell, Anze Kopitar and Oscar Moller scored for the Kings.

At Ottawa, David Moss scored three goals and Warren Peters added his first NHL goal for Calgary.

Jarome Iginla got his 27th and 28th goals and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22 shots to help Calgary improve to 8-1-2 since a season-high four-game losing streak.

Filip Kuba, Mike Fisher and Nick Foligno scored for Ottawa.

At Chicago, Martin Havlat scored 1:40 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks.

Troy Brouwer and Andrew Ladd scored in the first period for Chicago.

Drew Miller and Bobby Ryan, leading NHL rookies with 22 goals, scored for the Ducks.

At Vancouver, British Columbia, Pavol Demitra and Steve Bernier scored to help the Canucks overcome an early two-goal deficit.

Alex Burrows, who agreed to a four-year $8 million extension before the game, added two goals as Vancouver won its 11th in 13 games.

Dan Fritsche and Zidlicky scored for the Wild.

At San Jose, Calif., rookie James Neal scored two goals and Mike Modano had a goal and an assist as Dallas snapped a five-game losing streak.

Brian Sutherby also had a goal and an assist for the Stars, who handed the Sharks their worst home loss of the season. Marty Turco made 24 saves for Dallas.

Joe Thornton scored the only goal for the suddenly struggling Sharks, who have lost three of four.

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