Flyers 5, Bruins 2

Call it a win for the Flyers and Boston charities.

Make it one blown opportunity for the Bruins to stand alone atop

the Northeast Division.

Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen scored 7 seconds apart to lead

the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on

Tuesday night.

The Bruins are second in the Eastern Conference and lead the

division. But the Bruins and Montreal both have 59 points. New

Jersey beat Montreal 3-2 on Tuesday night. With three games left

for Boston, and two for Montreal, the race for second will come

down to the final week.

The Bruins are slumping down the stretch, with one win in their

last six games.

”That was definitely a step back in our game,” coach Claude

Julien said. ”Just really poor puck management tonight and poor

decision making. To me, that’s a reflection of guys not being ready

to play. At some point, they’ve got to take the accountability of

being ready.”

Wade Redden and David Krejci had goals for the Bruins.

Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek and Simon Gagne also scored and

Steve Mason had 39 saves for the Flyers.

The Flyers paid tribute to Boston in the Bruins’ first road game

since the Boston Marathon bombings. The Flyers showed a message on

the video board that read, ”From One Tough Town to Another.” They

also had video images of four blue-yellow ribbons that said,

”Boston Strong,” on each faceoff circle.

There was a pregame video set to ”Carry On” by Fun that

included clips of marathon first responders and other rescue


Flyers fans stood and cheered, and players from both teams

banged their sticks against the boards when the pregame tribute


Then Philadelphia pitched in with its wallets. The 50/50 raffle

that usually supports Philadelphia charities went to The Flyers raised $85,595. Also, the Flyers were

set to put their jerseys up for auction at, with

proceeds also benefiting

”I thought that was a very good presentation, and it’s

unbelievable how the United States comes together with tragedies

like this,” Read said. ”It just shows how strong the United

States is, and how closely grouped the Boston area is.”

With fans still on their feet from a stirring rendition of ”God

Bless America,” Hartnell kept them there with a goal only 1:40

into the game. Hartnell, who missed a month with a broken foot,

scored his eighth goal of the season.

Hartnell’s injury was just one of dozens suffered by the Flyers

and a big reason why the team missed the playoffs. The Flyers had

11 players scratched for the game, with defenseman Kimmo Timonen

joining the list Tuesday. Timonen has a compression fracture in his

right foot.

General manager Paul Holmgren said before the game the Flyers

could not use injuries as an excuse for underachieving.

”Good teams fight through stuff like this,” Holmgren said.

”We just didn’t find a way to fight through it. Is it a factor?

Probably. But at the same time, you need to fight through these

things. We didn’t.”

Redden tied it late in the first period when he flipped the puck

over Steve Mason’s left shoulder. He knocked in Jaromir Jagr’s

rebound for his third goal of the season. Jagr played his first

game in Philadelphia since he left the team as a free agent over

the summer.

Jagr said he had the most fun of his career with the Flyers and

wished a deal could have worked out. Holmgren said Jagr rejected a

deal in February 2012. By the time free agency started, the Flyers

had moved on to other free agents, including an ill-fated pursuit

of Nashville defenseman Shea Weber.

The Flyers broke through for good in the second when Read and

Lauridsen chased goalie Anton Khudobin.

Read struck first with his 11th goal when he batted in a rebound

off Khudobin’s kick save with his left skate. Lauridsen didn’t do

much to earn his first NHL goal. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara

tried to clear the puck deep in the zone but somehow the puck

slipped past Khudobin and into the net.

Khudobin slammed his stick against the post in anger and was

yanked for Tuukka Rask.

Lauridsen sure wasn’t complaining about the goal.

”Why would I be (upset)? I just scored a goal,” he said. ”In

20 years, or a week from now, no one is going to ask me how that

went in.”

There was little else for the Bruins to celebrate.

”It wasn’t a good effort,” Redden said. ”Look at pretty much

all their goals against us. There’s plays we need to make better

and play harder in certain areas.”

Voracek scored his team-best 21st goal early in the third for a

4-1 lead.

Krejci beat Mason to make it 4-2 and Boston seemingly still had

time to rally. But as the goal was still being announced to the

fans, Gagne took a perfect cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux and

scored for his fifth goal.

”It’s not fun where we are at in the standings,” Gagne said.

”There are a lot of high expectations this year, but I think

everything you’re doing right, it’s to help management to show what

kind of team we have next year with those young players.”

Notes: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told Boston, ”We stand

with you,” in a videotaped message. … The ECHL’s Trenton Titans

have ceased operations and the team will not compete in the

2013-2014 season. The Titans were a Flyers’ affiliate.