NHL Game Summary - Boston at Philadelphia
(Thursday, January 19th)
Final Score: Boston 5, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Travis Green scored a pair of goals to guide the Boston Bruins past Philadelphia, 5-2, at the Wachovia Center.
Patrice Bergeron added a goal and an assist while goaltender Tim Thomas turned away 35 shots for Boston, which has answered a three-game skid with two wins in a row.
Sami Kapanen and Simon Gagne both had goals in defeat and Mike Rathje dished out two assists for the Flyers, who are winless in their last four (0-2-2).
First-year netminder Antero Niittymaki, who was appearing in his 18th consecutive contest, allowed five goals on 18 shots.
"Physically and mentally I feel fine. I had no problems before the game or during the game," said Niittymaki.
Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg, who left Tuesday's game against Carolina with a groin injury, did not play. He could return Saturday when the Flyers visit Pittsburgh to begin a home-and-home.
The Bruins assumed a 1-0 lead at the 5:06 mark of the opening period on an unassisted tally by Green. The 6-2 center intercepted a pass in the Flyers zone, cut across the ice and then lifted the puck over Niittymaki's right shoulder.
Bergeron netted his 14th goal of the season just 1:21 into the second frame to put Boston up by a pair, as his wrister from the point made it through traffic in front before beating the rookie goaltender.
Kapanen cut the Flyers' deficit in half over three minutes later on a low blast from above the left circle, but Boston struck right back.
With 11:25 remaining in the second, Bergeron moved into the zone on a 2-on-1 and feathered a pass down into the slot for Marco Sturm, who punched the disc into the top shelf to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
After Green's second goal of the night put Boston ahead by three goals later in the second, Gagne made it 4-2 5:40 into the final stanza on a rebound putback. Boston, though, again had an answer.
Wayne Primeau rumbled in on a 1-on-1, muscled through his defender and then lifted a backhander into the top of the net as he fell to the ice with 6:13 remaining to put the game away.
Niittymaki has started 17 consecutive games, which is the lengthiest streak amongst goaltenders this season...Flyers defenseman Chris Therien appeared in his 747th game for Philadelphia, surpassing Joe Watson for fourth on the all- time franchise list for most games played...Philadelphia, which concluded a three-game homestand, is 13-6-5 at home...The Bruins, who are 9-12-4 on the road, will host the New York Rangers on Saturday...This was the final meeting of the year between these two clubs. Philadelphia, which had a chance to sweep Boston for the first time ever, won the season series, 3-1.
01/20 00:36:09 ET