PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Though it's way too early to care about
standings, the Philadelphia Flyers are proving their impressive
start is no fluke.
The Flyers moved one point ahead of Boston following the early
season matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
"You can't help but feel that we're learning to win against
good hockey teams," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Brian Rolston scored both of Boston's goals in a span of 32
seconds in the second period.
"We missed the net a lot tonight," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan
said. "There were a couple of individual breakdowns and the puck
ended up in the back of our net."
Jeff Hackett stopped just 11 shots to beat his former team.
Hackett played 18 games with the Bruins last season after he was
acquired from Montreal. He signed a two-year contract with the
Flyers on July 1.
Recchi scored his ninth goal with 2:15 left in the second period
after the Flyers had blown a 2-0 lead. Jeremy Roenick and Tony
Amonte set up Recchi's goal with crisp passes. Amonte took a
cross-ice pass from Roenick, waited to draw a defenseman toward
him, then passed to Recchi, who tipped the puck into an open net.
"I wanted to shoot it. I want to shoot that puck every time,"
Amonte said. "It was just bouncing too much. I wanted to settle it
down and I took my time. Rex is always around the net and said he
needed a couple more."
The line of Recchi, Roenick and Amonte has 55 points in 16 games
since they were united early in the season.
Recchi was more impressed with his team's defensive effort.
"That's a pretty good offense over there, a pretty deep team,"
Recchi said. "For us to play as good as we did defensively, it's a
Hitchcock warned that he's still wary of the Stanley Cup
champion New Jersey Devils, who trail the Flyers by three points.
"There's always one eye on those guys in the swamp," Hitchcock
said. "They have one eye on us and we have one eye on them."
Rookie Andrew Raycroft made 23 saves for the Bruins and had his
four-game winning streak stopped.
Rolston cut Philadelphia's lead to 2-1 when he one-timed a shot
past Hackett for a power-play goal just 65 seconds into the second
After Hackett failed to control a rebound off a shot by Jeff
Jillson, Rolston then took a pass from Rob Zamuner and backhanded
it into an open net to tie it at 2.
Williams gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead on his fifth goal 6:24 into
the game. Joni Pitkanen set it up by clearing the puck from
Philadelphia's zone. John LeClair beat Bruins defenseman Hal Gill
to the puck and dropped a pass to the trailing Williams, who
slapped a shot past Raycroft.
"He said if that puck slowed up a bit I wasn't going to get a
pass," Williams said of LeClair. "It was a great look by him,
seeing me coming down the slot."
Gagne made it 2-0 midway through the first with his sixth goal.
He took a pass from Sami Kapanen at center ice, skated down the
right side, went around Gill and flipped a shot past Raycroft.
The Flyers' 11-game unbeaten streak at home is the
second-longest to start the season in franchise history. They
opened the 1979-80 season by going 19-0-7 at the Spectrum. ...
Boston has the best road record in the NHL (7-2-1-2). ... Rolston
recorded his 400th NHL point on his first goal. ... The Bruins
hadn't lost in Philadelphia since March 5, 2001, going 2-0-2 in
that span. ... Flyers D Marcus Ragnarsson returned after missing
two games with the flu. ... Boston's 13 shots were the lowest
allowed by the Flyers this season.