Philadelphia skates past Bruins
PHILADELPHIA - Don't count the Philadelphia Flyers out of the playoff race just yet.
Mike Knuble, Matt Read and Ruslan Fedotenko scored goals, Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves and the Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers (14-17-3) snapped a three-game winless streak (0-1-2). They moved within four points of the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, who were tied for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers play at Montreal later Saturday night.
"It's a huge win," captain Claude Giroux said. "Boston is one of the best in the league and to get those two points is huge."
With 14 games remaining, the Flyers are in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 18 years and first since 2007.
"It's nice to get two points and this is a time when you scoreboard watch at home, so hopefully there's some teams that can help us out along the way, but we have to do our business when we're playing," forward Scott Hartnell said.
Nathan Horton had the only goal for playoff-bound Boston, which is playing for a higher seed. The Bruins (21-8-4) came in one point behind Montreal for the second spot in the East.
"We had our chances," Horton said. "I think we were working hard but just couldn't buy a goal and maybe gripping our sticks a little too much. Once they got the lead, they were playing back."
Knuble gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the first. Sean Couturier passed down low to Brayden Schenn, who flipped it back to Knuble in front. Knuble lifted a shot over Tuukka Rask's glove for his second goal in two games after being a healthy scratch the previous eight games.
Read made it 2-0 early in the second. Jakub Voracek made a perfect crossing pass to Read streaking down the center. Read unleashed a powerful shot past Rask for his first goal since returning from a ribs injury.
Read ripped a shot off the crossbar later in the period.
The Bruins cut it to 2-1 when Horton rammed home a rebound off a point-shot by Dennis Seidenberg five minutes into the third.
Bryzgalov made a nice stick save on Brad Marchand's slap shot with 1:58 left to preserve the lead.
"Lot of shots came from the outside, and Bryzgalov made some big saves when we needed him, but I think the guys out front played very well," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said.
Fedotenko fired one into an empty net in the final minute for his first goal in 29 games.
Notes: The Flyers acquired defenseman Kent Huskins from Detroit for a conditional 2014 draft pick. Huskins is in his seventh NHL season and his first with the Red Wings. He's played in 11 games. ... The injury-depleted Flyers called up 6-foot-6 defenseman Oliver Lauridsen to make his NHL debut. They were missing defensemen Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros. General manager Paul Holmgren said Meszaros will have season-ending surgery Tuesday on a torn left rotator cuff. ... Knuble's goal was the fifth in Philadelphia's last five power-play chances. ... The Bruins played their seventh of eight matinee games this season. ... The Bruins are coming off their first two-day break in a 63-day span.