Flyers honor Bostonians but beat the Bruins

Matt Read is flanked by Flyers teammates Wayne Simmonds (17) and Brayden Schenn as they celebrate Read's goal in the second period.
Matt Read is flanked by Flyers teammates Wayne Simmonds (17) and Brayden Schenn as they celebrate Read's goal in the second period. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff)
Posted: April 25, 2013

"Keep on Running, Boston."

That was one of the many signs held by Bostonians and shown during an emotional tribute video on the Wells Fargo Center scoreboard before the Flyers jolted the Bruins, 5-2, on Tuesday night.

A sign created by the Flyers organization said: "From One Tough Town to Another."

The video honored the first responders to last week's Boston Marathon bombings and the police work that followed. The Flyers wore "Boston Strong" patches on their jerseys and stickers on their helmets.

As for the game, Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen - whose first NHL goal was produced in the strangest manner - scored seven seconds apart in the second period.

It equaled the second-fastest two goals in Flyers history, one second shy of the club record set in 1985.

Lauridsen (plus-3) got credit for his goal when Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara passed the puck to goalie Anton Khudobin, who watched it bounce off his stick, through his legs, and into the net.

"It's unbelievable how the United States comes together after tragedies like this," Read said after the city of Boston was named the No. 1 star following the game.

"I had goose bumps," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, a Massachusetts native, said of the opening festivities, adding that "hopefully, at some point, you start the healing process."

Boston remained tied with Montreal atop the Northeast Division (second in the East), while the Flyers (21-22-3) kept their hopes alive for finishing above .500 with two games remaining. They have finished below .500 just once in the last 17 seasons.

Steve Mason, aided by a gritty, no-name defense, made 39 saves and improved his Flyers goals-against average to 2.08 and his save percentage to .935.

Timonen out

Kimmo Timonen missed Tuesday's game and will be sidelined for the rest of the season because of a compression fracture of his right foot, leaving Luke Schenn as the only full-time defenseman remaining from the beginning of the season.

"He wasn't in a very good mood this morning," said general manager Paul Holmgren, whose team replaced Timonen with Andreas Lilja. "He hates missing games."

Timonen, 38, will not need surgery. Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Nick Grossmann, and Bruno Gervais are done for the season with injuries.

Jagr returns

Boston winger Jaromir Jagr returned to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time since he played for the Flyers last season.

Holmgren said the Flyers offered Jagr an extension last February, but his agent turned it down because he was looking for a better deal. The Flyers were negotiating for Zach Parise when Jagr signed with Dallas. He was later traded to Boston.

"I was very happy here, and everybody knew that," Jagr said before the game. "I loved that team, the fans, the city."

At 41, Jagr is still a quality player, and he had the primary assist on the Bruins' first goal Tuesday.

"My body is kind of different," Jagr said. "I'm getting tired when I have rest. I would rather to play every game . . . two games. Doubleheader, like in baseball. . . . Too bad there's not doubleheaders in hockey."

Breakaways

Schenn had eight hits and was plus-3, and Claude Giroux had two assists. . . . A raffle raised $85,595 to benefit onefundboston.org., and the players' jerseys are in an online auction to benefit those affected by the Boston tragedies. . . . Holmgren said Kent Huskins, recovering from a concussion, may return to the lineup Thursday in the Flyers' home finale against the Islanders. It could be Danny Briere's last home game as a Flyer.


Contact Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com.

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