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Stafford's shot goes in off Flyers player in B's 2-1 win

  • Boston Bruins' Drew Stafford, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Riley Nash (20) and Adam McQuaid (54) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Boston, Saturday, March 11, 2017. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Drew Stafford, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Riley Nash (20) and Adam McQuaid (54) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Boston, Saturday, March 11, 2017. The Bruins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Boston Bruins' Frank Vatrano (72) and Philadelphia Flyers' Radko Gudas (3), of the Czech Republic, battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Frank Vatrano (72) and Philadelphia Flyers' Radko Gudas (3), of the Czech Republic, battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) tries to get control of the puck against Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) tries to get control of the puck against Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

Drew Stafford scored with 5.6 seconds left in the third period when his dump-in shot tipped off Philadelphia defenseman Brandon Manning's stick, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday.

David Pastrnak had a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston, which improved to 10-3 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy, who replaced fired Claude Julien on Feb.7.

Jordan Weal had the Flyers' goal, and Steve Mason stopped 25 shots. Philadelphia may be sliding out of a chance at a playoff berth with its ninth loss in 14 games (5-8-1).

Stafford had the puck along the right boards, spun around and just shot a seemingly harmless attempt at the net. Manning skated in front and it slipped past Mason after hitting his stick. The defenseman put his hand to his helmet in disbelief.

Trailing 1-0 early in the second, Philadelphia tied it when Weal scored out of a scramble. The score stood after a challenge by the Bruins, who felt the Flyers were offside.

Philadelphia controlled play for lengthy stretches in the second, holding the Bruins to four shots on goal. Many times during the game, chants of "Let's Go Flyers!" could be heard echoing around the balcony seats.

Boston led 1-0 after a first period that featured solid end-to-end play, a couple of break-ins for good scoring chances, a long Flyers' two-man advantage and a fight that saw Boston's Matt Beleskey send Manning to the ice with a right-handed punch.

Pastrnak's one-timed Patrice Bergeron's pass by Mason for his 28th goal, making it 1-0 with 1:22 left in the period.

Rask made a splendid right-skate stop on Jakub Voracek, who collected a pass and broke in alone when the Bruins were caught on a line change midway into the period. Mason dropped to stop Pastrnak's close bid a few minutes later.

Philadelphia had seven shots on goal during the power plays that lasted 1 minute, 43 seconds — the best was Wayne Simmonds' rebound from the edge of the crease that Rask made a pad save on.

NOTES: Boston center Ryan Spooner missed his second straight game with a concussion, and winger Tim Schaller was out with what the team called a lower body injury after crashing into the boards — skates first — in the previous game. ... Simmonds and teammate Brayden Schenn each entered with a league-leading 14 power-play goals. ... The Bruins wore green jerseys during warmups to honor St. Patrick's Day this Friday because they'll be on a road trip.

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Flyers: Host Columbus on Monday.

Bruins: At Vancouver on Monday in the opener of a four-game trip.