Hartnell hit knocks Bruins' Alberts out of game

PHILADELPHIA (ESPN.com news services) -- It was the first meeting between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers since Randy Jones' hit on Patrice Bergeron.

And while the Bruins said they chose to take the high road, that didn't stop the game from getting a little ugly.

There were no incidents involving Jones, but Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell was given a 5-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct for hitting defenseman Andrew Alberts at 14:22 of the second period. Andrews left the game with an unspecified head injury and will be evaluated on Tuesday.

Boston's Zdeno Chara said that his team decided not to retaliate after Alberts was injured.

"It's something we talked about," Chara said. "We probably ended up with some bruises, but we have two points and that's the most important thing right now. It's up to the league to address things like that."

Hartnell said that the hit on Alberts was not deliberate.

"I did not try to hurt him," Hartnell explained. "There was no intent at all. I am not that type of player. If you look at all the games this year and past years, I finish my checks every time I have an opportunity."

The game was the first between the two teams since Philadelphia's Randy Jones was suspended for two games after checking the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron hard into the boards during the Flyers' 2-1 win at Boston on Oct. 27. Bergeron remains on injured reserve with a severe concussion.

Murray said the Bruins had no intention of retaliating even before the game began.

"It's unfortunate it happened and obviously we don't have Bergy back," Murray said. "But we were focused on making sure we came back after our loss on the Island and getting two points because there's a lot of teams winning and we don't want to get behind the eight ball and we want to keep climbing in the standings."

The plan worked Monday night.

Glen Murray scored two goals and Marc Savard added a goal and three assists to help the Bruins beat the Flyers 6-3.

Glen Metropolit, Peter Schaefer, and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Bruins, who built leads of 4-0 and 5-2. Boston bounced back from a 2-1 loss at the New York Islanders last Saturday to win for the fifth time in seven games.

"We said right from the get-go that we were coming here to win the hockey game," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We weren't coming here to deal with that [Jones] situation. Obviously we're trying to create some more offense for this hockey club and slowly but surely getting there.

Philadelphia was at the center of two other controversies this season regarding controversial on-ice incidents.

Flyers forward Steve Downie was suspended 20 games after the prospect gave Ottawa Senators center Dean McAmmond a concussion with a hit in a preseason game in September. The Ottawa veteran had to be carried off on a stretcher.

A little over two weeks later, Philadelphia forward Jesse Boulerice earned a 25-game suspension after cross-checking Canucks forward Ryan Kesler in the head.

Mike Knuble, Mike Richards, and Scottie Upshall scored power-play goals for the Flyers, who were coming off a 4-3 victory at Ottawa on Saturday.

Boston rookie goaltender Tuukka Rask had 20 saves to pick up his second win in two starts.

Savard, who extended his points streak to seven games (two goals, 11 assists), figured in both Boston goals in the first period.

First, he swept the puck away from Richards behind the net and feathered a pass to Murray, who flipped in a wrist shot from the point at 4:06.

Then at 7:34, Savard launched a slap shot from the right circle that deflected off Jones' stick and high over Flyers goalie Marty Biron's glove into the goal.

Murray made it 3-0 with a wrist shot from the right circle at 1:43 of the second period. Biron was replaced by Antero Niittymaki 1:59 later after allowing three goals on 14 shots.

After Metropolit scored at 7:35 of the period, the Flyers came back with goals by Knuble and Richards within a span of 2:25. Schaeffer then hammered in a rebound at 13:39 to put the Bruins ahead 5-2.

Upshall snapped in a shot from the right circle at 4:02 of the third period to pull the Flyers within two goals, but Kobasew scored into an empty net with 6 seconds left.

"I don't know if emotionally we are ready to be a consistent hockey team," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We just don't emotionally get revved up every game, it doesn't matter who our opponent is."

Game notes
The game was delayed for nine minutes in the opening seconds when a puck fired by Boston's Per Johan Axelsson shattered a pane of glass near the penalty box. ... The only fight in the game was between the Bruins' Jeremy Reich and the Flyers' Ben Eager in the first period. ... The Bruins played the second of six straight road games. ... Boston D Chara prevented a goal when he swept the puck away from the crease in front of an empty net midway through the first period. ... The Bruins snapped a three game losing streak against the Flyers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.