NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Boston
(Friday, November 25th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Peter Forsberg recorded two goals and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.
Forsberg, though, left the game late in the second period with a right groin injury and he is questionable for Saturday's game against the New York Islanders. He has eight goals and 31 assists this season for the Flyers, who have won just twice in their last six games.
"He was outstanding and then pulled his groin," said Philadelphia head coach Ken Hitchcock of Forsberg. "It's not serious but we're not taking any chances. It's the right groin and it's in the muscle belly so we're just going to see how he is for tomorrow."
Simon Gagne continued his hot start with a goal and two assists, while Eric Desjardins and Michal Handzus both lit the lamp in the win. Antero Niittymaki turned aside 25 shots for the Flyers.
Eric Nickulas had a goal and an assist in defeat, as Boston suffered its seventh loss in eight games. Joe Thornton and Jiri Slegr both scored and Andrew Raycroft registered 22 saves in the setback.
"We played good enough to win but I didn't make a save again," said Raycroft. "It's so frustrating. I thought we had a good effort and played well. We just didn't get the two points."
The Flyers drew first blood on Gagne's 21st goal of the season with 3:49 left in the opening period. Forsberg worked the puck from behind the net and slid the puck to Mike Knuble in the left circle. Knuble then found a wide-open Gagne down low and Philadelphia's leading scorer beat Raycroft for a 1-0 lead.
Desjardins was then credited with a power-play goal for a 2-0 Philadelphia lead 4:15 into the second period.
Boston, however, got back into the game and countered with three straight goals in a span of 4:09 for a 3-2 advantage.
Nickulas got the Bruins on the scoreboard 5:42 into the period with a wrist shot from in close. Thornton got into the mix three minutes later when he beat Niittymaki with a shot over the netminder's glove to even the score.
Slegr gave Boston a 3-2 edge with a shot from the point that sailed past Niittymaki at the 9:51 mark of the period.
Forsberg's power-play goal with 8:56 remaining in the period tied the game. He was stationed at an odd angle down low and quickly fired a no-look shot that beat Raycroft high to the glove side.
Forsberg lit the lamp again at 13:06 when he followed Gagne's shot and deposited the rebound past Raycroft to make it a 4-3 game.
"I thought they came back at us really hard when they made it 3-2," Forsberg said. "We got a little break, a power-play goal and another goal and we kept playing after that."
Boston center Patrice Bergeron had a good chance to even the score with less than three minutes to go in the game, but his shot went into the chest of Niittymaki, who stopped 13 shots in the final stanza.
Handzus recorded a long empty-net goal with 23.8 seconds remaining.
Flyers winger Sami Kapanen returned to action after missing 20 games with a shoulder and knee problem...Philadelphia was 2-for-6 on the power play and killed off each of Boston's four chances with the extra skater...Flyers forward Donald Brashear left the game in the second period after getting hit above the left eye with the puck...The Flyers won the previous meeting between the two clubs, 4-3, in overtime on November 8 in Philadelphia...The Flyers return to Philadelphia for the first afternoon home game of the season against the New York Islanders at the Wachovia Center on Saturday...Bruins defenseman Brian Leetch (knee) will travel to Ottawa with the team and is probable to play Saturday night.
11/25 16:27:04 ET