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Thursday, 11.24.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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A crushing loss to the Philadelphia Flyers sent the Boston Bruins into a tailspin. Now the Bruins would like to further show their slump is over by avenging that defeat to the Flyers.

Boston blew a two-goal lead in the final 3:35 of regulation at Philadelphia on Nov. 8 and went on to lose 4-3 in overtime.

It turned out to be the first of six consecutive losses for the Bruins, drawing the ire of team owner Jeremy Jacobs. He called the slide, Boston's longest in nine years, very disappointing and questioned his team's desire and worth ethic in a Boston newspaper.

The club responded to that criticism on Wednesday, ending the Toronto Maple Leafs' four-game win streak and outshooting them 37-20 in a 5-1 victory.

"We knew we were on the hot seat," said goalie Andrew Raycroft, who made 20 saves to end a personal six-game losing streak that dated back to Oct. 22.

Asked if there was a feeling of urgency going into the game, Raycroft said: "That's the understatement of the century. It hasn't been too much fun. And not that one win makes it a country club around here, but it gets the monkey off our back."

Glen Murray had two power-play goals in the opening period, when Boston outshot Toronto 18-4. Patrice Bergeron, Shawn McEachern and Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Bruins, who gave up an average of four goals during the six-game skid.

"They played a smart game, and we got rewarded early for their effort which hasn't always been the case this year," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "It was a solid effort and it's something we can build on."

The Bruins have scored 13 power-play goals in their last nine games, and now they'll face the league's worst penalty killers.

Philadelphia has given up at least two power-play goals in 12 of its 20 games and has allowed nine in the last five contests, losing four.

The Flyers found a solution to their penalty-killing problems on Tuesday by simply avoiding the penalty box. They faced only two power plays against Tampa Bay, but still lost 4-2 to the visiting Lightning.

"We beat ourselves again," said Jon Sim, who scored for the Flyers. "We've got a great team, but we have to put our work boots and our work hats on and do the digging in. We're not doing that for 60 minutes."

STANDINGS (through Nov. 23): Flyers - 27 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Atlantic Division. Bruins - 21 points, 5th place, 11 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Simon Gagne, 20 goals; Peter Forsberg, 30 assists and 36 points; Joni Pitkanen, 38 PIM. Bruins - Murray, 12 goals; Joe Thornton, 22 assists and 30 points; Jiri Slegr and Hal Gill, 36 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 23): Flyers - Power play: 21.1 percent (29 for 137), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 75.1 percent (100 for 133), 30th. Bruins - Power play: 20.4 percent (28 for 137), 7th. Penalty killing: 84.5 percent (126 for 149), 7th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (8-4-2, 0 SO, 3.35 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (4-1-1, 3.61). Bruins - Hannu Toivonen (4-2-3, 3.22 GAA); Raycroft (4-8-2, 3.37).

SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 8; Flyers, 4-3, OT. At Philadelphia, Pitkanen scored the tying goal with 23.4 seconds left and added the winner 1:55 into overtime.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 3-3-1 on the road; Bruins - 4-5-1 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 51 17 41 11 58
C. Giroux 50 16 36 7 52
M. Streit 51 7 28 0 35
W. Simmonds 51 18 14 -3 32
B. Schenn 51 11 20 -2 31
S. Couturier 51 11 12 0 23
M. Read 51 3 15 -8 18
M. Del Zotto 39 5 12 -5 17
M. Raffl 40 12 3 6 15
V. Lecavalier 37 7 7 -9 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 11 12 6 .924 2.32
R. Emery 8 9 1 .887 3.38
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