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Flyers 4, Bruins 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 4, Bruins 3, OT
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Boston Bruins 3

BOSTON (AP) -With a few more performances like this, the Bruins will be in the same mode as the Flyers - winding down the season.

Scottie Upshall scored with 9.9 seconds left in overtime Thursday night to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, who got 51 saves from Tim Thomas.

"Totally ridiculous. Unacceptable," Boston coach Dave Lewis said. "It's something that drives you nuts as a coach, knowing the situation, the standings and who we're playing."

The Bruins, 13th in the Eastern Conference - seven points behind eighth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot - looked like a team that's about to complete its second straight season without a postseason appearance.

"We're still in the hunt and we've got to play a lot harder to get ourselves in that position," Lewis said.

Joni Pitkanen, R.J. Umberger and Mike Richards had the Flyers' goals. Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak.

Mark Mowers ended his stretch of 27 games without a goal by scoring a pair for Boston, and defenseman Zdeno Chara had his 10th of the season.

Martin Biron, acquired from Buffalo on Tuesday for a second-round pick in the 2007 draft, made 34 saves in his Flyers' debut. He made a right pad save on Petr Tenkrat's clean breakaway bid with just under 15 minutes to play.

"We have a young team that makes a lot of mistakes, but we're learning," Biron said. "It was a big step for this team."

Upshall, sent in on a partial breakaway on a pass from Sami Kapanen, slipped around defenseman Andrew Ference before shifting to his backhand and putting the puck behind Thomas for the game-winner.

"It was a hightlight-reel play," Flyers coach John Stevens said of the goal for a team that's had few great moments.

The Flyers have a league-worst 44 points.

Philadelphia, which trailed 2-0 after the game's opening 8:09, won for just the second time in an overtime game this season.

The Bruins were outshot 55-37 and have allowed over 50 shots on goal in two of their last three games. Boston dropped its third straight after a four-game winning streak seemingly got it back in the playoff race.

"As the game went along I was - along with my teammates - trying to do anything we could to get the two points," Thomas said.

Boston jumped ahead 1-0 on Mowers' first goal of the game - and his first since Dec. 29 - 4:10 into the opening period. They made it 2-0 when Mowers beat Biron with a wrister from the right circle 3:59 later.

Mowers, who entered the night with just two goals all season, also went 24 games without a goal after scoring in Boston's second game of the season.

The Flyers cut it to 2-1 on Pitkanen's score midway into the opening period.

Philadelphia, which owned a 21-10 shot advantage in the second period, tied it 2-2 when Umberger scored off a rebound in front for a power-play goal at 4:53.

Richards completed a 2-on-1 break for a short-handed score by beating Thomas inside the right post before he could get across, making it 3-2 at 11:33.

Boston tied it at 3-3 on a two-man advantage at 12:36 when the 6-foot-9 Chara scored out of a scramble in front by outmuscling a defender.

Boston's newcomers Aaron Ward, acquired from the Rangers for defense Paul Mara on Tuesday, and Dennis Wideman, picked up from St. Louis for winger Brad Boyes, also before the trading deadline, saw their first action with the Bruins.

Notes: Mowers also had just two assists in his last 22 games. ... Boston RW Glen Murray played after missing the last four with a groin injury. ...The fans gave a loud ovation to the crew members of the USS John F. Kennedy, which is currently in Boston, when they were recognized on the video board. ... It was a matchup of two of the league's three teams that have allowed the most goals, with Philadelphia having given up the most overall.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:10
BOS
Mark Mowers (3) Slapshot - ASST: Dennis Wideman (18)
1 - 0 BOS
08:09
BOS
Mark Mowers (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeremy Reich (1)
2 - 0 BOS
10:39
PHI
Joni Pitkanen (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike York (10), Mike Richards (16)
2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
04:53
PHI
PPG - R.J. Umberger (15) Slapshot - ASST: Derian Hatcher (4), Geoff Sanderson (14)
2 - 2 Tie
11:33
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Sami Kapanen (9), Denis Gauthier (3)
3 - 2 PHI
12:36
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (10) Slapshot - ASST: Marco Sturm (14), Marc Savard (62)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
04:50
PHI
Scottie Upshall (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Sami Kapanen (10)
4 - 3 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
08:34
BOS
Jeremy Reich  Hooking
13:10
PHI
Stefan Ruzicka  Hooking
2nd Period
03:52
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Tripping
06:23
BOS
Petr Tenkrat  Hooking
10:51
PHI
Stefan Ruzicka  Hooking
12:18
PHI
Jeff Carter  Slashing
16:51
PHI
Denis Gauthier  Boarding
3rd Period
04:27
BOS
Patrice Bergeron  Roughing
11:13
BOS
Marco Sturm  Hooking
12:47
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Hooking
15:43
BOS
Dennis Wideman  Hooking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 37TOI: 64:32
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .919SH: 3 - 3
Tim Thomas
SA: 55TOI: 64:47
Saves: 51EV: 39 - 41
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .927SH: 2 - 3