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Bruins wrap up Eastern title
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Banknorth Garden. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
What Boychuk wasn't aware of was his game-winner allowed his team to clinch the Eastern Conference regular season title.
The win not only wrapped up the East, but it gave the Bruins a two-point lead over St. Louis for the overall league lead, the Blues with a game in hand.
The Bruins have four games left, three of them on the road.
Told the Blues, who lost to the Colorado Avalanche, at home, were down, 3-0, Lucic said: "Down, 3-0," and smiled.
Boychuk and Lucic scored 31 seconds apart to break the 2-2 tie.
It was quickly followed by Lucic's second.
Philadelphia also is in danger of failing to get one of the two wild card spots.
"I think maybe today we didn't stick to the game plan and we were impatient with our game, and we need to trust the way we play and our system. When we do that, we are going to start winning games."
With right winger Jarome Iginla sitting out because of a lower body injury, Loui Eriksson moved into his spot on the line with Lucic and center David Krejci.
Left winger Chris Kelly added an empty netter with 20.7 seconds left, his ninth goal of the season, as the Bruins avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Right winger Wayne Simmonds (his 17th) and left winger Jay Rosehill (No. 2 in 31 games) scored for the Flyers.
NOTES: Bruins RW Jarome Iginla missed his second game in the last three because of a lower body injury, while D Kevan Miller was also out with an undisclosed injury. ... C Carl Soderberg returned to the Boston lineup after missing Thursday's game for the birth of his first child. ... Flyers RW Steve Downie missed his seventh straight game because of a head injury. ... Flyers coach Craig Berube said G Steve Mason will start at home against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday after Ray Emery played on Saturday. ... The Bruins travel to play at Minnesota on Tuesday and Winnipeg on Thursday. ... Bruins RW Reilly Smith was named the winner of the Seventh Player Award, voted by the fans to the Bruin who most exceeded expectations. He has one goal in the last 26 games. ... Former Bruin Derek Sanderson dropped the first puck as the team capped the commemoration of its 90th season. ... Flyers C Sean Couturier played in his 200th NHL game.