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Bruins 5, Flyers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 5, Flyers 2
Boston Bruins 5, Philadelphia Flyers 2

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.

Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau also had goals, and rookie Tim Thomas made 35 saves for Boston, the last-place team in the Northeast Division.

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.

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scoring summary
1st Period
05:06
BOS
Travis Green (6) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
01:21
BOS
PPG - Patrice Bergeron (14) ASST: Sergei Samsonov (15), Brad Boyes (16)
2 - 0 BOS
04:38
PHI
Sami Kapanen (8) ASST: Mike Rathje (12), Mike Knuble (19)
2 - 1 BOS
08:35
BOS
Marco Sturm (16) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (22), Brad Boyes (17)
3 - 1 BOS
16:42
BOS
Travis Green (7) ASST: Sergei Samsonov (16)
4 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
05:40
PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (32) ASST: Mike Rathje (13), Randy Jones (2)
4 - 2 BOS
13:47
BOS
Wayne Primeau (8) ASST: Thomas Fitzgerald (6)
5 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
06:42
PHI
Turner Stevenson  Hooking against  Wayne Primeau
15:57
BOS
Nick Boynton  Tripping against  Mike Knuble
18:28
BOS
Patrice Bergeron  Hooking against  Branko Radivojevic
2nd Period
00:44
PHI
Jeff Carter  Hooking against  Patrice Bergeron
09:48
BOS
Milan Jurcina  Hooking against  Brian Savage
3rd Period
04:17
BOS
Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  Simon Gagne
11:37
PHI
Donald Brashear  Tripping against  David Tanabe
17:23
BOS
Brad Isbister  Roughing against  Jon Sim
17:23
PHI
Jon Sim  Roughing against  Brad Isbister
19:03
BOS
Milan Jurcina  Hi-sticking against  Simon Gagne
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .946SH: 0 - 0
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 18TOI: 59:45
Saves: 13EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .722SH: 1 - 1