|PHI||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|BOS||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||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.
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.
|Chuck Kobasew (21) ASST: Marco Sturm (27), Phil Kessel (17)|
1 - 0 BOS
|Mike Richards (24) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (22), Scott Hartnell (16)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Daniel Briere (26) ASST: Vinny Prospal (32), R.J. Umberger (37)|
2 - 1 PHI
|Andrew Ference (1) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (16), Dennis Wideman (22)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Aaron Ward (5) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (14), Andrew Ference (14)|
3 - 2 BOS
|Riley Cote Fighting (maj) against Shawn Thornton|
|Shawn Thornton Fighting (maj) against Riley Cote|
|Dennis Wideman Hooking against Jeff Carter|
|Phil Kessel Holding against Riley Cote|
|Mark Stuart Holding against Mike Richards|
|Mark Stuart Roughing against Scott Hartnell|
|Scott Hartnell Roughing against Mark Stuart|
|Kimmo Timonen Interference against Marc Savard|
|Mike Knuble Holding against Marco Sturm|
|Scottie Upshall Hi-sticking against Aaron Ward|
|Aaron Ward Hi-sticking against Scottie Upshall|
|Jaroslav Modry Tripping against Marc Savard|
|Andrew Ference Tripping against Daniel Briere|
|Braydon Coburn Roughing against Marco Sturm|
|Marco Sturm Roughing against Braydon Coburn|
|SA: 36||TOI: 62:17|
|Saves: 33||EV: 28 - 31|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .917||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 26||TOI: 61:47|
|Saves: 24||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .923||SH: 2 - 2|