Boston (11-2-3) at Philadelphia (11-2-1)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Nov 22, 2003
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Unbeaten at home, the Philadelphia Flyers lead the Atlantic Division. With at least one point in 11 straight games, the Boston Bruins top the Northeast Division

Now, with the Flyers and Bruins trying to extend their respective streaks, the teams battle for the Eastern Conference’s top spot when they meet at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia extended its unbeaten streak at home to 10 games Thursday, beating the Minnesota Wild 3-1.

That streak is the Flyers’ second-longest to start a season in franchise history. They opened 1979-80 by going 19-0-7 at the Spectrum. Philadelphia’s last home loss in the regular season was on March 22 against the New York Rangers.

Philadelphia, which is 7-0-1 since Nov. 1, trails Boston by one point in the Eastern Conference standings.

Mark Recchi, Tony Amonte and Jeremy Roenick, placed on the same line four games into the season, continue to play well for Philadelphia.

Recchi had two power-play goals and an assist, Amonte added a goal and assist and Roenick had two assists on Thursday. The trio has 51 points in 15 games since being put together.

“We’re veterans and the biggest thing is we stay close together,” Recchi said. “We can all make plays and we can all score goals. When we are doing the right things, we are hard to stop.”

The Bruins extended their streak without a regulation loss to 11 games by beating the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday. Boston has gone 7-0-1-3 since losing to Carolina on Oct. 23.

“We are getting breaks right now,” Bruins forward Glen Murray said.

Martin Lapointe scored his fourth goal of the season for Boston, a power-play goal in the third period that proved to be the game-winner.

“Being on the power play, getting more ice time, it’s up to me to make sure that I bear down on my chances,” Lapointe said. “It seems that lately, I’ve done that. Hopefully it’s going to keep going like that.”

The Bruins have scored nine goals in their last 20 power-play opportunities.

Mike Knuble, who had a goal and an assist Thursday, has recorded 10 points in his last seven games.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 20): Bruins - 28 points, 1st place, Northeast Division. Flyers - 27 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Knuble, 9 goals; Joe Thornton, 18 assists, 21 points and 31 PIM; Thornton, 31 PIM. Flyers - Roenick and Recchi, 8 goals; Roenick, 11 assists and 19 points; Todd Fedoruk, 59 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 20): Bruins - Power play: 25.8 percent (17 for 66), 3rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 77.5 percent (62 for 80), 28th. Flyers - Power play: 24.7 percent (19 for 77), 5th. Penalty killing: 89.3 percent (75 for 84), 2nd.

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Andrew Raycroft (7-2-1, 1 SO, 1.80 GAA); Felix Potvin (4-3-2, 2, 2.47). Flyers - Jeff Hackett (5-2-3, 3, 1.85); Robert Esche (6-1-1, 1, 1.85).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Bruins, 1-0-2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 27; 2-2. At Philadelphia, Amonte scored twice, including the game-tying goal with 6:49 left in regulation.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 7-1-1-2 on the road; Flyers - 8-0-2-0 at home.

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