PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Knuble
, Matt Read and Ruslan Fedotenko
scored goals, Ilya Bryzgalov
made 33 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers
beat the Boston Bruins
3-1 Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers (14-17-3) snapped a three-game winless streak (0-1-2). They entered the day six points behind the New York Rangers and New York Islanders
, who were tied for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. They're in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 18 years and first since 2007. Nathan Horton
had the only goal for playoff-bound Boston, which is playing for a higher seed. The Bruins (21-8-4) came in one point behind Montreal for the second spot in the East.
Knuble gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the first. Sean Couturier passed down low to Brayden Schenn, who flipped it back to Knuble in front. Knuble lifted a shot over Tuukka Rask
's glove for his second goal in two games after being a healthy scratch the previous eight games.
Read made it 2-0 early in the second. Jakub Voracek made a perfect crossing pass to Read streaking down the center. Read unleashed a powerful shot past Rask for his first goal since returning from a ribs injury.
Read ripped a shot off the crossbar later in the period.
The Bruins cut it to 2-1 when Horton rammed home a rebound off a point-shot by Dennis Seidenberg five minutes into the third.
Bryzgalov made a nice stick save on Brad Marchand's slap shot with 1:58 left to preserve the lead.
Fedotenko fired one into an empty net in the final minute for his first goal in 29 games.
Notes: The Flyers acquired defenseman Kent Huskins from Detroit for a conditional 2014 draft pick. Huskins is in his seventh NHL season and his first with the Red Wings. He's played in 11 games. ... The injury-depleted Flyers called up 6-foot-6 defenseman Oliver Lauridsen to make his NHL debut. They were missing defensemen Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros. General manager Paul Holmgren said Meszaros will have season-ending surgery Tuesday on a torn left rotator cuff. ... Knuble's goal was the fifth in Philadelphia's last five power-play chances. ... The Bruins played their seventh of eight matinee games this season. ... The Bruins are coming off their first two-day break in a 63-day span.
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