Flyers defeat Bruins to end four-game losing streak

The Flyers' Matt Read celebrates with Claude Giroux after his second period goal at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, March 30, 2013 (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
The Flyers' Matt Read celebrates with Claude Giroux after his second period goal at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, March 30, 2013 (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 30, 2013

Despite playing with a depleted defense, the Flyers jolted the Boston Bruins, 3-1, and ended their four-game losing streak Saturday afternoon.

With a sellout crowd watching at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers moved to within four points of the Eastern Conference's eighth playoff spot, pending the results of Saturday's other games.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves to hand Boston (21-8-4) just its eighth regulation loss in 33 games this season. Bryzgalov has started 32 of the Flyers' 34 games.

Ruslan Fedotenko iced it with an empty-net goal with 58.4 seconds left.

Nathan Horton had cut the Flyers' lead to 2-1 by scoring on a rebound with 15 minutes left in the third period. The goal was scored shortly after Fedotenko missed a great chance at an open net.

Mike Knuble scored on a one-timer from the slot to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead late in the first period. It made the Flyers (14-17-3) 5 for 5 on the power play in the last five games.

Matt Read ended a 10-game scoring drought 3:18 into the second period, taking a feed from Jake Voracek and firing a slap shot past Tuukka Rask to make it 2-0.

The Flyers played without injured defensemen Braydon Coburn, Nick Grossmann, and Andrej Meszaros. Their blue line included 6-foot-6 Oliver Lauridsen, who made an impressive NHL debut after being called up from the AHL Phantoms.

The Flyers avenged a 3-0 loss in Boston on March 9. It was their first win since a 2-1 shootout victory over visiting New Jersey on March 15.

Zac Rinaldo had 12 hits in 12:41 for the Flyers, who literally gave some spectators the shirts off their backs after the game as part of fan appreciation day.


Contact Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @BroadStBull.

 

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