Boston (17-21-7) at Philadelphia (28-10-8) 7:00 pm EST
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Struggling through their first
three-game losing streak in two months, the Philadelphia
Flyers will try to take advantage of the Boston Bruins
when the teams meet on Thursday.
The Flyers are 3-0-0 against the Bruins this season, clinching
a series win for the fifth time in seven seasons.
However, Philadelphia has hit a snag of late. After an 8-0-1
stretch launched them toward the top of the Eastern Conference
standings, the Flyers have lost four of five, including two
straight in overtime and a shootout to start a three-game
Jeff Carter and defensemen Kim Johnsson and rookie Freddy Meyer
each scored to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead in Tuesday's matchup
with Carolina. However, the Hurricanes tied it in the third
period and won a long shootout to claim a 4-3 victory.
Philadelphia finished a recent road trip 8-2-1, but has allowed
14 goals in its three-game slide.
Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with Monday's 4-3
overtime win against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Patrice
Bergeron had two assists and scored the game-winner less than
two minutes into the extra session.
Marco Sturm had his best outing since joining the Bruins in a
trade in November, scoring twice in regulation and assisting on
Bergeron's tally. His efforts helped Boston finish a
season-high seven-game homestand at 3-3-1.
That stretch began with a 1-0 loss to the Flyers on January 2, a
contest in which rookie Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves for his
second career shutout. Carter had the game's lone tally 6:25
into the second period.