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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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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