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Bruins pull away in third period to top Flyers
Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3:01 AM
BOSTON - Despite a critical goal from seldom-used winger Jay Rosehill, the Flyers skid continued with a bitterly fought, 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins scored two late goals 31 seconds apart to snap a 2-2 tie and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Chris Kelly added an empty-net goal as the Flyers suffered their fourth straight defeat. They have lost six of their last seven.
Johnny Boychuk scored with 5 minutes, 35 seconds remaining to put the Bruins ahead, 3-2, and Milan Lucic followed with an insurance goal. More coverageWATCH: Flyers-Blue Jackets highlightsVOTE: Who’s best team in Eastern Conference?Latest hockey videos Forum: Will the Flyers make the playoffs?
Boston dominated the third period, outshooting the Flyers, 21-8.
Boychuk scored on a point drive after Patrice Bergeron won a clean draw from Vinny Lecavalier. Reilly Smith screened goalie Ray Emery on the play.
Lucic (two goals) finished an odd-man rush and scored from the left circle.
Both goalies - Emery and Tuukka Rask - took turns making outstanding saves throughout the game.
Emery, who had a 1.60 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in his previous three starts, robbed David Krejci out front with a little over eight minutes left.
A most unlikely player - Rosehill - stepped up and scored a key goal to knot the game at 2 with 3:39 left in the second period.
Rosehill, known for his fists, used a spin move to get around defenseman Torey Krug in front and then beat Rask to the far side. It was the fifth career goal for Rosehill, who won a fight with Shawn Thornton in the first period and was only an assist shy of a Gordie Howie hat trick.
Earlier in the period, Wayne Simmonds used a backhander to score on a rebound, tying the game at 1 and ending the Flyers scoreless streak at 165:01. Simmonds, joy-struck, waved his arm in a circular motion and pounded the glass in glee as the Flyers also ended an 0-for-14 power-play drought.
But just 19 seconds after Simmonds goal, Lucic scored from the high slot to put Boston ahead, 2-1.
Less than a minute later, Emery stopped Carl Soderberg on a breakaway, keeping the Flyers within a goal and setting the stage for Rosehills tying goal.
Rosehill, who replaced Tye McGinn in the lineup, had been a healthy scratch in the previous 12 games, and the goal was his first since Nov. 9 against Edmonton. He has two goals this season on just 10 shots.
Before the flurry of goals, Brayden Schenn, following Simmonds shot in front, nearly tied it at 1 with about 121/2 minutes remaining in the second period, but his rebound attempt hit the right post.
The Flyers outplayed the Bruins for most of the first period and didnt allow a shot in the first 7:20. But they fell behind after their only defensive breakdown of the period led to a two-on-one that subsequently led to a Bruins goal.
Emery made two terrific stops - turning aside Loui Erikssons shot and a rebound, but he had no chance when Krejci knocked in the second rebound of the flurry, putting Boston ahead, 1-0, with 4:04 to go in the first. It was Krejcis first goal in 17 games.
Breakaways. Lecavalier, who had been centering the fourth line recently, went back to left wing on the second unit. . . . Zac Rinaldo was promoted to the third line, and the fourth line had Adam Hall centering Rosehill and Michael Raffl. . . . Claude Giroux snapped a three-game pointless streak. Entering the game, the Flyers were 32-13-3 when Giroux scored at least one point, and 7-15-6 when he didnt.
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