GAME: Philadelphia Flyers (16-3-5-1) at Boston Bruins (12-5-4-4).
TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.
The Boston Bruins look to snap a three-game winless streak at FleetCenter
when they host the league-leading Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston is coming off a dismal performance in Thursday's 6-0 loss to Toronto.
The Bruins allowed three power-play goals, one in each period, to slip to 0-2-1
in their last three at home.
"I thought we had probably three or four players going that had sufficient
energy to be effective," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We tried to throw
some different line combinations to spark the team, but once again, I think it
boiled down to our special teams.
"They win and lose games for you and tonight, they lost it for us."
The Bruins are second to last in the league in penalty killing at 76.5
percent. Only Edmonton had a worse mark entering Friday's games.
"We're not going to make any excuses," said Boston center Joe Thornton.
"That was a big game for us and to come out like that is not a good sign. But
we've got to keep our heads up. We've got Philly on Saturday and obviously
Ottawa after that. We've got big games coming up and we've got to be ready."
Bruins goaltender Felix Potvin is 1-4-2 in his last seven starts, and Boston
is just 1-3-1-1 in its last six games overall.
"We had a pretty good stretch at home before the last three games and we
have to get it back," Potvin said.
Philadelphia should give the Bruins' struggling penalty-killing unit plenty
of trouble. The Flyers top the league on the man advantage, scoring at 26.3
Philadelphia capitalized on one of two power-play opportunities in its 3-2
victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday. The win extended the Flyers'
season-opening home unbeaten streak to 13 (11-0-2).
Robert Esche made 18 saves for his eighth victory and Tony Amonte, John
LeClair and Jim Vandermeer scored for the Flyers. LeClair's goal put him
seventh on the Flyers' all-time list with 601 points.
"This was a good win for us where everyone contributed," said Philadelphia
coach Ken Hitchcock. "We used all four lines tonight pretty much until the
last four or five minutes, which worked well."
The Flyers have just one loss in their last 14 games overall, going