PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Boston Bruins made the most of a few shots.
Travis Green scored twice to lead the Bruins past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Thursday night.
The Bruins scored three goals on just five shots in the second period and needed only 12 shots to get their first four goals. They finished with a season-low 18 shots.
``The shots are an indicator, but they are not a complete indicator of play,'' Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. ``I thought the scoring chances we generated were some high-quality ones and we were able to capitalize on them.''
Sami Kapanen and Simon Gagne scored for Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia. The suddenly struggling Flyers have lost four straight and five of six and trail NHL-leading Carolina by four points. They've lost three in a row at home since returning from an 8-2-1 road trip.
Philadelphia was without leading scorer Peter Forsberg, who has a groin injury. Four other regulars remained out: captain Keith Primeau, defensemen Eric Desjardins and Joni Pitkanen and goaltender Robert Esche.
``We need to get back to what we were doing good,'' Gagne said. ``We need to figure out what we're doing wrong.''
Green gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead. He picked up a loose puck from the boards following an errant pass, skated across the ice and lifted a sharp backhander past goalie Antero Niittymaki.
Bergeron made it 2-0 with a power-play goal just 1:21 into the second period.
Kapanen's goal cut it to 2-1 a few minutes later. Mike Rathje's slap shot from the boards hit Kapanen's stick and slid by Thomas.
But the Bruins regained their two-goal lead when Sturm and Bergeron executed a give-and-go during a 2-on-1 break. Sturm one-timed Bergeron's cross-ice pass past Niittymaki for his 16th goal.
Thomas kept it 3-1 by stoning Jon Sim on a point-blank slap shot, and Green scored again to make it 4-1.
``Keep it simple and try to play it not like it's any old game because let's face it, it's not any old game for me,'' Thomas said. ``It's more important that that.''
Gagne's 32nd goal in the third cut it to 4-2. Wayne Primeau scored on a nifty breakaway in which he eluded a defender and one-handed a shot into the net to cap the scoring.
Niittymaki, who made his 17th consecutive start, has struggled lately. The rookie has allowed 19 goals during Philadelphia's losing streak.
``I don't think he's played as well as he has and he'll be the first to admit that,'' coach Ken Hitchcock said. ``It's unfortunate because he carried us when Esche got hurt.''
Esche, out since aggravating a groin injury Dec. 15, could return in a backup role Saturday at Pittsburgh. Pitkanen, who had surgery for a sports hernia in December, is expected back against the Penguins. Forsberg is day to day.