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In what was definitely one of their most impressive games of the season, the Bruins were able to pile on the offense, racking up five goals against Eastern Conference-rival Philadelphia on Thursday evening, winning convincingly at the Wachovia Center, 5-1.
The loss for the Flyers snapped a five-game home win streak, while the win for Boston helped the B’s creep to within just two points of Philly for the sixth spot in the East’s playoff race. Boston also extended their lead over the Rangers to five points for the eighth and final playoff spot.
As they have in every game since the Olympic break, Boston got on the board before their opponent did, when Blake Wheeler potted his fifteenth goal of the year. In the opening minute of the second period, Philly evened the score on a Jeff Carter power play goal, tying the game at one.
A trio of Boston forwards helped the B’s pull away from the Flyers before the second intermission though, with former Flyer Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron, and David Krejci all pushing the puck past Flyers starting goaltender Michael Leighton, chasing him from the game.
Marco Sturm lit the lamp for the game’s only third period goal, scoring one off relief netminder Brian Boucher, and giving us the game’s final score, a 5-1 win for the good guys.
The win evened the season series at two games a piece between these two squads. Boston’s fifth stop on their seven-game road trip is Saturday night, when they face off against division rival Montreal.