Simon Gagne had two goals and an assist and Mike Knuble had a goal and two assists, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Antero Nittymaki stopped 22 shots and Scottie Upshall also scored for Philadelphia, which stopped a two-game losing streak. The Flyers have won six of their last nine games to solidify their hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference and a potential home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Patrice Bergeron and Stephane Yelle scored for Boston and Manny Fernandez made 22 saves for the East-leading Bruins, who have lost eight of their last 11. The home team has lost all three matchups between teams this season.
Bergeron, who missed most of last season with a severe concussion after being hit into the boards by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones, scored on a slap shot from the left circle for a 1-0 lead late in the first period.
But Philadelphia scored four straight.
Upshall scored when he intercepted Marc Savard's pass at the blue line and moved in on Fernandez to make it 1-1 with 1:49 gone in the second period. Gagne made it 2-1 when he deflected Andrew Alberts' shot into the net 2:22 into the third. The Flyers took a 3-1 lead when Knuble took a backhand pass from Gagne in front of the net and beat Fernandez.
Gagne made it 4-1 with 3:34 left on a power play when he stayed to Fernandez's right and waited for the pass, stickhandling it until the goalie made a move and then shooting it over him into the net.
Yelle deflected a shot by Mark Stuart into the net on a power play with 42 seconds left to make it 4-2.
The Bruins missed a good chance late in the second period when Byron Bitz shot the puck off the post and Nittymaki's back. It landed in the crease, but the goalie fell backward to freeze it and keep it out of the net.
Notes:@ The Flyers recalled F Claude Giroux from their AHL affiliate and reassigned D Nate Guenin and F Jared Ross to the Phantoms. ... Knuble played in his 800th NHL game. ... Bruins forward Milan Lucic missed his third straight game with an unspecified injury. ... Fernandez is 6-3-2 in his last 11 starts.
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