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Flyers Squeak by Boston, 2-1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM

Kevin Kurz - philadelphiaflyers.com

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Flyers Squeak by Boston, 2-1
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Boston Bruins 1
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(Boston, MA) – Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul scored second period goals and Martin Biron made 38 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden, 2-1.

Trailing 1-0, the Flyers responded with two scores in the middle frame to take the lead at the intermission.

Richards stripped Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara with the Bruins on a power play, and raced in for a shorthanded breakaway goal at 9:36. His sixth score of the year ties him with Jeff Carter for the team lead.

The Flyers went on the power play for the first time in the contest with 7:25 left in the frame and quickly took advantage. Danny Briere found Lupul at the side of the net, and the right wing fired a shot past goaltender Tim Thomas at the 13-minute mark.

Philadelphia’s modest two-game losing streak came to an end, and the team has won six of its last eight. The Flyers returned home Saturday night and will fly to Montreal for their next game on Thursday night.
Mike Knuble chases after the puck in the Boston zone early in the second period (Getty Images)

“It’s nice to go back home with a little bit of momentum for a couple days,” said Mike Richards. “For a couple games in Florida I don’t think we had our best game, but tonight we played well.”

Thomas entered the game leading the league in goals against average (1.20) and save percentage (.962), while Biron came in tied for the league lead in wins (6) and sixth in goals against average (1.88).

Biron was called upon to preserve the lead later in the second period, when Boston sophomore Phil Kessel was awarded a penalty shot. Biron didn’t have to make a save, though, as Kessel shot the puck high and wide.

The Flyers’ goaltender shut the door in the third period making key stops on Sturm, Chuck Kobesew and a deflection attempt by Glen Metropolit with under a minute remaining to secure his seventh win of the season against just two losses.

Philadelphia improved to 7-3-0, while giving Boston (6-4-0) its first home loss in four games.

A scoreless first period was an eventful one nonetheless.

With 3:53 left in the frame, Flyers defenseman Randy Jones and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron both chased after the puck in the corner of Philadelphia’s defensive zone. Jones, who was trailing Bergeron on the play, caught the Bruins’ center from behind sending him headfirst into the boards.

The arena fell silent as Bergeron lay prone on the ice and had to be wheeled off on a stretcher. Jones was issued a boarding major and game misconduct.

“I am very apologetic for the hit and what I did. It was not intentional,” said Jones. “It is something that I have never done before and it is not part of my character. I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.”

Bergeron suffered a broken nose and concussion on the play, but was later able to move all of his extremities.

There was also a pair of heavyweight bouts early on, as Riley Cote squared off against Shawn Thornton and Ben Eager fought Milan Lucic. Lucic had to leave the ice with a bloody cheek following his fight with the Flyers’ tough guy.

FLYERS NOTES

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen wore the “A” as an alternate captain while Simon Gagne remains out with dizziness. … Derian Hatcher returned to the lineup after missing the last game with a sore knee. … The start time was moved up due to the Red Sox World Series game Saturday night. … Philadelphia improved to 3-3 on the road. … The Flyers are now 1-3 when their opponents score the first goal of the game.

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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
07:51
BOS
PPG - Marco Sturm (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Zdeno Chara (5), Marc Savard (9)
1 - 0 BOS
09:36
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (6) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
13:00
PHI
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (9), Mike Richards (6)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
00:20
PHI
Mike Richards  Tripping against  Patrice Bergeron
05:46
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Interference against  Dennis Wideman
09:02
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
09:02
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
09:17
PHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj) against  Milan Lucic
09:17
BOS
Milan Lucic  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
16:07
PHI
Randy Jones  Game misconduct
16:07
PHI
Randy Jones  Boarding (maj) against  Patrice Bergeron
16:07
BOS
Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Randy Jones
2nd Period
06:19
PHI
Mike Richards  Hooking against  P.J. Axelsson
08:40
PHI
Mike Knuble  Hi-sticking against  P.J. Axelsson
12:35
BOS
Phil Kessel  Too many men/ice - bench
15:16
BOS
Aaron Ward  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 38EV: 35 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .974SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 28TOI: 58:48
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .929SH: 3 - 4
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