PHILADLEPHIA (Reuters) - The Boston Bruins clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 away win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Brad Marchand scored Boston's second power-play goal, gathering a rebound in front of the Flyers goal and sliding the puck past a sprawled Brian Boucher with 3:43 remaining to secure victory.
"I thought the puck was moving well on our power play and we weren't finishing and we need to be a little bit better around the net with those rebounds," Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters.
"That's exactly what happened tonight. We pounced on those loose pucks and finished it."
Kris Versteeg opened the scoring for Philadelphia in the first period, steering a slap-pass from Mike Richards past Bruins goalkeeper Tim Thomas.
Nathan Horton responded for Boston in the second period, slapping in a rebound just four seconds into a Bruins powerplay.
Horton's goal energized the Bruins and Flyers goalie Brian Boucher made several key saves in the second period to keep the score tied, while Thomas was equally good in the third.
"The first period, we felt pretty good. We had some passion and some energy," said Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros.
"After that, it just disappeared for some reason. They did everything better than us."
Boston (42-23-10) holds a 14-point advantage over ninth-placed Carolina in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining in the regular season.
The Bruins lead the Northeast division with 94 points and trail the conference-leading Flyers by six.
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Ian Ransom/Edited by Patrick Johnston)