NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 30th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Bruins (21-7-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (13-17-3), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will try to get back in the win column on
Saturday, as they visit a struggling Philadelphia Flyers club in an afternoon
battle at Wells Fargo Center.
The Bruins, who have lost two of three and four of their last six games,
dropped a wild shootout decision Wednesday against visiting Montreal. The
Canadiens earned a 6-5 win and moved one point in front of Boston for first
place in the Northeast Division.
Montreal won Wednesday's showdown in the sixth round of the shootout, as
Brendan Gallagher ended the contest by slipping his shot through the pads of
Boston held two-goal leads on two occasions but the Canadiens rallied to push
the game to overtime, eventually tying the game on Andrei Markov's marker with
8.2 seconds left in regulation.
Patrice Bergeron registered a goal and three assists for the Bruins. Tyler
Seguin added a score and two helpers, Brad Marchand and Nathan Horton also lit
the lamp, but Rask allowed five goals on 28 shots in the setback.
"It was nice to see us score some goals," Bruins coach Claude Julien said,
"but, unfortunately, we couldn't keep it out of our net."
Boston, which is beginning a two-game road trip tonight and is 10-5-2 as the
guest this season, has won four straight, six of seven and nine of its last 11
meetings with the Flyers.
The Bruins also have claimed five in a row and nine of their last 10 games in
The Flyers, meanwhile, have lost four straight and eight of their last 10
games and are running out of time to make the playoffs. Philadelphia, which
hasn't missed the postseason since 2007, is 14th out of 15 teams in the East
and is six points out of a playoff spot.
On Thursday, Philadelphia lost to the New York Islanders for just the fifth
time in 34 meetings. The 4-3 shootout decision also marked the Isles' third
victory in their last 17 road games against the Flyers.
Josh Bailey scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout to lift New
York to Thursday's win. After Wayne Simmonds was stopped by Evgeni Nabokov,
Bailey won the game for the Islanders as he buried a wrist shot past Ilya
Scott Hartnell had two goals and Mike Knuble scored the other for the Flyers,
who are on their longest losing streak of the season and they haven't lost
five in a row since an 0-3-2 slide from March 31 to April 8, 2011.
"It sure seems like a loss right now," said Hartnell after the Flyers blew a
two-goal lead en route to Thursday's setback.
Bryzgalov turned away 33 shots in his 31st start in 33 games for Philadelphia
The Flyers will have a thin blue line on Saturday, as Braydon Coburn joins
fellow defensemen Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros on the sideline.
Philadelphia recalled Oliver Lauridsen from its AHL affiliate in Adirondack.
The 6-foot-6 Lauridsen, a seventh-round draft pick by the Flyers in 2009, is
expected to make his NHL debut against the Bruins.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is questionable for Saturday after sitting
out the last three games with a bruised right foot.
03/30 10:20:03 ET