Iginla, Chara lead Bruins over Flyers
- Article by: ROB MAADDI
- Associated Press
- January 25, 2014 - 3:20 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara each had two goals, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 Saturday.
Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron also had goals for the Bruins. The defending Eastern Conference champions are 3-0-1 since losing five of eight, and trail only Pittsburgh in the conference.
Claude Giroux scored a power-play goal for the slumping Flyers, who've lost four in a row. They're 2-5-2 in their last nine games, tumbling from second place in the division to eighth in the East. It's their worst stretch since a 1-7 start that saw coach Peter Laviolette fired three games into the season.
Steve Mason allowed four goals on 19 shots and was yanked for the second time in three starts since signing a contract extension last Saturday.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on Chara's power-play goal in the first period. After Sean Couturier failed on a clearing attempt, David Krejci swung the puck around down low. Iginla passed it to Chara, who flipped a shot from a side angle that bounced off defenseman Braydon Coburn's skate and went in.
Iginla fired a slap shot from the right circle past Mason to make it 2-0 just 17 seconds before the first intermission.
A turnover by defenseman Nicklas Grossmann led to Boston's third goal. Smith stepped around Grossmann and swiped at the puck, which hit the post, hit Mason and went in.
Rask kept it 3-0 with his toughest save, a sliding glove stab going right to left to rob Jakub Voracek on a one-timer.
Bergeron made it 4-0 minutes later, sending Mason to the bench.
Giroux and Iginla traded power-play goals in the third. Chara then scored his second goal on the man-advantage.
NOTES: Rask earned his career-high 23rd win. ... Iginla's first goal was his first since Jan. 2, snapping an eight-game drought. ... Flyers D Andrej Meszaros was a healthy scratch despite his recent offensive production. RW Steve Downie also was benched. ... Chara became the eighth Bruins player to reach double-digits in goals. He has 11. ... The Bruins are 43-35-12 in Philadelphia. They're the only team with a winning record on the road vs. the Flyers.
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