Clinging to a 3-2 lead, the Bruins failed to clear the puck
on three occasions before Jakub Voracek's centering feed found
Vincent Lecavalier for his second goal of the contest with 25
seconds remaining in the third period. The game extended to a
shootout and Rask allowed just one goal on five attempts before
Smith made a series of moves prior to tucking the puck around
Steve Mason (27 saves) to end the contest.
Patrice Bergeron extended his career-high goal-scoring streak to
seven games for the Bruins, who improved to 15-0-1 in their last
16 contests and moved three points ahead of St. Louis in the
race for the Presidents' Trophy. Captain Zdeno Chara and former
Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros also tallied in the triumph.
Blue-liner Kimmo Timonen scored a goal and set up another while
Voracek notched two assists for Philadelphia, which fell two
points behind the New York Rangers for second place in the
After Chara knotted the contest at 2-2 with a backhander from in
front during a power play, Bergeron gave Boston a 3-2 lead at
11:05 of the second period. Bergeron skated out from behind the
net and fended off Timonen before his turnaround shot from the
left faceoff circle surprised Mason for his 27th goal.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bergeron has recorded Boston's first seven-game
goal-scoring streak since Geoff Courtnall during the 1985-86
season. ... The Bruins improved to 14-4-1 in their last 19 games
in Philadelphia - including playoffs. ... Lecavalier's wrist
shot from the point eluded Rask for his 400th career goal 5:25
into the first period. The veteran has three tallies in two
games since being demoted to the fourth line. ... Meszaros came
off the bench to score from the slot midway through the first
session. The defenseman returned to Philadelphia for the first
time since being sent to Boston for a conditional third-round
draft pick at the trade deadline.
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