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36 SOG
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game recap

Bruins 3, Flyers 2, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 3, Flyers 2, OT
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Boston Bruins 3

BOSTON (AP) - Andrew Ference tied the game with 27 seconds left in regulation and Aaron Ward won it for Boston with 2:43 left in overtime Saturday as the Bruins beat Philadelphia 3-2 to stay ahead of the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves for Boston, stopping Jeff Carter on a breakaway with 2:55 left in overtime after Ference set him free with a turnover at the Flyers' blue line. The Bruins charged back in the other direction, and Ward ended it with a slapper past Martin Biron.

Biron stopped 33 shots for the Flyers, who coughed up a chance to take over seventh place in the conference. Boston, which had won just once in its previous seven games, took a two-point lead over eighth-place Philadelphia with 10 games to play.

Ference scored his first goal of the season to send the game into overtime, slapping home a bouncing rebound after the Bruins pulled Thomas in the final minute for an extra skater. Ference was on the ice because Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has missed four games with an unspecified upper body injury.

Mike Richards scored for the Flyers in his return from a nine-game hamstring injury, and Daniel Briere also scored.

Chuck Kobasew gave the Bruins a first-period lead, but they watched as the Flyers scored twice in a span of 3:11 in the middle of the second period. The Bruins have scored two or fewer goals in regulation in eight straight games.

Joffrey Lupul, who missed 26 of the last 33 games with a sprained ankle and concussion, helped set up Richards' goal.

The Flyers were back in Boston for the first time since Oct. 27, when Randy Jones hit Patrice Bergeron into the boards from behind, giving him a concussion and broken nose. Bergeron, the Bruins' best young player, hasn't played since.

Notes: On this date in Bruins history, Bobby Orr had two goals and two assists to become the first defenseman in NHL history with 100 points. ... Kobasew has scored in consecutive games after going 15 straight without a goal. ... The teams played 3-on-3 in overtime after matching roughing penalties to Marco Sturm and Braydon Coburn 27 seconds into OT.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:21
BOS
Chuck Kobasew (21) Snap shot - ASST: Marco Sturm (27), Phil Kessel (17)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
09:14
PHI
Mike Richards (24) Tip-in - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (22), Scott Hartnell (16)
1 - 1 Tie
12:25
PHI
Daniel Briere (26) Tip-in - ASST: Vinny Prospal (32), R.J. Umberger (37)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
19:33
BOS
Andrew Ference (1) Slapshot - ASST: Chuck Kobasew (16), Dennis Wideman (22)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:17
BOS
Aaron Ward (5) Slapshot - ASST: P.J. Axelsson (14), Andrew Ference (14)
3 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
03:02
PHI
Riley Cote  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
03:02
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Riley Cote
08:15
BOS
Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Jeff Carter
12:54
BOS
Phil Kessel  Holding against  Riley Cote
16:43
BOS
Mark Stuart  Holding against  Mike Richards
19:59
BOS
Mark Stuart  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
19:59
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Mark Stuart
2nd Period
00:32
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Interference against  Marc Savard
06:09
PHI
Mike Knuble  Holding against  Marco Sturm
20:00
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Hi-sticking against  Aaron Ward
20:00
BOS
Aaron Ward  Hi-sticking against  Scottie Upshall
3rd Period
01:07
PHI
Jaroslav Modry  Tripping against  Marc Savard
15:17
BOS
Andrew Ference  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
OT Period
00:27
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Roughing against  Marco Sturm
00:27
BOS
Marco Sturm  Roughing against  Braydon Coburn
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 36TOI: 62:17
Saves: 33EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 26TOI: 61:47
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
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