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Updated Mar. 4, 2020 9:46 p.m. ET

Boston isn't going to complain about winning four of its last five games, but coach Claude Julien realizes the Bruins' luck will run out at some point if they don't pick up their play.

The Philadelphia Flyers are just happy to be playing at all.

Boston looks to keep rolling by beating the Flyers for the first time in three meetings when they visit snow-covered Philadelphia on Monday night.

The Bruins (25-17-5) have scored 15 goals during a 4-1-0 stretch following a three-game skid that saw them score only four times. Most of the victories haven't been easy, though. They had to come back to beat Buffalo on Jan. 15, needed a last-minute goal against Toronto the following night and blew a two-goal lead in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Columbus.


Brad Marchand scored in his fourth consecutive game to put the Bruins up 32 seconds into the second period before David Pastrnak scored three minutes later, but they relinquished the lead later in the period and failed to convert on any of their five power plays.

The last came in overtime, dropping Boston to 1 for 15 with the man advantage over its last eight.

''I think the two points is really important this time of year when you look at the standings. It's not so much the goals we gave up, it's the way we played again,'' Julien said. ''We need to be better. I thought our intensity was good, but not good enough.

"The execution was average. We're going through a little bit of that stretch right now.''

The Bruins hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference thanks to their current run. They've killed all 25 of opponents' power-play chances over their last nine and have surrendered more than two goals twice during that stretch.

Jonas Gustavsson found out shortly before faceoff that he'd be starting Saturday's game after Tuukka Rask told Julien he couldn't begin in goal because of an undisclosed injury.

Rask dressed as the backup as Gustavsson made 31 saves. It's unclear if Rask will be in net as the Bruins try to beat the Flyers for the first time this season.

Philadelphia (20-17-8) beat Rask in each of the previous matchups, winning 5-4 on Claude Giroux's overtime goal Oct. 21 before he assisted on Jakub Voracek's first-period tally in a 3-2 victory Jan. 13.

The Flyers, though, have dropped back-to-back games, 3-2 to Toronto on Tuesday and 4-3 at Pittsburgh on Thursday. Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere assisted on first-period goals from Brayden Schenn and Voracek against the Penguins, but they allowed the next four before Giroux's late goal in the third.

''I think we had a good start and we kind of got caught flat-footed at the beginning of the second,'' Voracek said. "I think if we were better even strength, we win that game."

The Flyers practiced in Brooklyn on Saturday after that night's game against the New York Islanders was canceled because of a heavy snow storm that shut down a good portion of the East Coast. Philadelphia also was affected.

"It is what it is. You don't control it," coach Dave Hakstol said. "You make do. It's unfortunate. You wake up on game morning (wanting to play), especially for us to get back to it."

Steve Mason stopped 46 of 50 shots while winning both previous meetings with the Bruins. He's 0-2-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average over his last three starts, though.


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