PHILADELPHIA - David Krejci and Dennis Wideman scored 25 seconds apart in the third period, lifting the NHL-leading Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Michael Ryder also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 38-8-6. Scott Hartnell had the lone goal for the flu-ridden Flyers. Philadelphia captain Mike Richards, defenseman Braydon Coburn and forward Scottie Upshall each sat out due to the virus.
The Flyers have lost five of eight games to drop to sixth in the Eastern Conference after a brief stay atop the Atlantic Division.
Krejci won a faceoff, dropped a pass to Shane Hnidy, and redirected his wrist shot past goalie Martin Biron to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead 5:48 into the third period.
Wideman made it 3-1 when his shot went through a screen and bounced off Flyers forward Jeff Carter's skate before trickling in.
Boston's Tim Thomas made 25 saves, including several tough ones. Thomas, who leads the league in save percentage, made an outstanding, diving stop on Carter's side-angle shot in the first period. He made a glove save on Hartnell on a breakaway to preserve the tie in the second.
Ryder gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead on a redirection of Wideman's slap shot. Hartnell scored just 2:17 later to tie it. Joffrey Lupul set up the goal with a perfect crossing pass.
Notes: The Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' AHL affiliate since 1996, were sold Wednesday to a Pittsburgh-based group. The Phantoms weren't going to have a home next season because the Spectrum will be torn down this year. It's unknown where the Flyers' top minor-league team will play in 2009-10, though it's likely to be in Pennsylvania. ... The Bruins are 7-0-3 against Atlantic Division opponents. They're 9-1-2 in the last 12 games. ... Biron has lost his last four starts.