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Thursday, February 5, 2009
What will it be like when both the Bruins and Celtics win titles in the same season?
The Boston Bruins won their third game in a row last night, 3-1 at the Wachovia Center against the Philadelphia Flyers.
It was the first meeting of the season between the top team in the Eastern Conference (and NHL) and the feisty Flyers (26-15-9), who are third in the competitive Atlantic division.
After a scoreless first period, Michael Ryder (19th, from Dennis Wideman and David Krejci) began the scoring at 3:07 of the second period.
Just over two minutes later, Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell tied it up with his 19th of the year from Joffrey Lupul and Ryan Parent.
As they have so often during this incredible season, the B's found a way to break a close game open in the third period and decisively take the win.
Krejci scored his 19th of the season after tipping a Shane Hnidy shot past Flyers goalie Martin Biron (33 saves).
35 seconds later, Wideman put the game out of reach for the Flyers as he scored his 12th of the season from Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ference.
There's little rest for Boston as they traveled to Ottawa after the game and tonight face-off against the Northeast basement dwelling Senators.
Games on back-to-back nights, especially on the road, are never easy but the Bruins should take care of the free-falling Senators, who just changed coaches.
Tim Thomas' record is now 23-5-5 after his 26 save effort. The highlight for the Tank was a reflex save on Flyers sniper Jeff Carter in the second period.