BOSTON -- Forward Brad Marchand leads the Boston Bruins in goals. He hadn't scored two bigger ones all season before Saturday.
Marchand scored the tying goal with 15 seconds left during a 6-on-4 in the third period and the game-winner with 1:08 remaining in overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden.
The Flyers took the lead on a goal by Chris VandeVelde with 4:30 left in the third period.
"Yeah I thought we had a pretty good game. And it's always nerve-wracking when they go up by a goal with a few minutes left," Marchand said. "But it just shows the character that we have in this room to be able to bounce back and be mentally tough in that situation. Again, we're very happy with it, and we want to keep building."
The Bruins (32-22-10) pushed the Flyers (28-25-13) five points back in the race for the second Eastern Conference wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Marchand won the game with his 21st goal. He received a pass at the Philadelphia blue line from Maxime Talbot and cut to the middle on his backhand. The shot deflected off the skate of Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto and fluttered past goaltender Steve Mason.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 29 saves, including a stop of Flyers forward Jakub Voracek on a breakaway in three minutes into overtime.
"Yeah, well, I don't know what happened before," Rask said. "It was a pretty clear breakaway so I had time to adjust and get his speed. [He] took a shot, it was a good shot, hit my stick, and luckily it went on the other side of the post this time. Hit my stick and [I've] seen that go in a couple times too."
Mason made 34 saves for the Flyers, who have lost six straight games to the Bruins since April 23, 2013.
Philadelphia was close to a regulation victory that would have pulled them within two points of Boston in the standings. But the Flyers couldn't keep the Bruins from tying the game with Wayne Simmonds in the box for tripping Daniel Paille with 2:03 left in the third.
"Crushing? Well, we're winning 2-1, get that kill and we win the game," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "It hurts. But crushing? I don't know about that. I mean, we've got to go play [New] Jersey tomorrow, so I'm done with this game. We got a point, should have had two, but it didn't happen. So, got to go to Jersey and get two points there."
The Bruins were charged with a timeout coach Claude Julien didn't want immediately after the Simmonds penalty. Julien then pulled Rask to set up a 6-on-4. The Flyers survived most of it until there was a whistle with 19 seconds left. Julien opted to stick with the same six skaters, and Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff at the right dot. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton took a wrist shot from the right point that went off Marchand's stick and past Mason to tie it 2-2.
"Well, we just felt that was the best group," Julien said. "You know, there's 22 seconds, and [assistant coach] Doug Jarvis and I, we just talked. We said we might as well stick with these guys here with 22 seconds left, and you know, again, I talk about [Bergeron] winning the draw, and that's what he did, so it makes a big, big difference here because I don't know if we could have had as good of faceoff man on as we did, and on the back end we felt we had, you know, with Dougie there, felt we had a good right-hand shot to shoot that puck."
Bergeron won 16 of 26 faceoffs.
The Bruins scored first for the seventh straight game. Defenseman Zdeno Chara's wrist shot from the left point eluded traffic, including Bergeron, in front of Mason and landed in the back of the net during a power play at 7:07 of the first period.
Philadelphia tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal in the second period. Claude Giroux's shot from the left circle was blocked and deflected to Voracek at the right dot for a wrist shot that beat Rask into the top left corner at 9:45.
Philadelphia took advantage of a Boston icing to take the lead. Defenseman Nick Schultz's wrist shot from the left point was deflected by VandeVelde in front and trickled through Rask at 15:30 to put the Flyers ahead 2-1.
"Well it was a huge goal, obviously. [Luke] Schenn did a great job on the wall and got it back to Schultz, and I was just in front and I think it deflected off me," VandeVelde said. "So, a big goal, but it doesn't matter anymore I guess."
Boston hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday; Philadelphia visits the New Jersey Devils.