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Boston Bruins skate past Flyers, clinch top seed in East


The Boston Bruins have been a dominant third period team all season. They scored three third period goals on Saturday afternoon to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2. In victory, the Bruins clinched the number one overall playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, home ice throught the Eastern Conference Finals, and finished off a clean season series sweep of the Flyers.

Tied at two aside at the beginning of the final frame, Boston outshot the Flyers 22-8 in the period. Milan Lucic, Johnny Boychuk and Chris Kelly each tallied goals that ultinately sealed the deal.

Boychuk and Lucic scored 31-seconds apart. Kelly’s was an empty-netter that came prior to the final horn.

Tuukka Rask‘s 23 save effort also helped the Bruins snap a two game skid. He made eight third period saves and Boston earned their 30th home win of the season.

David Krejci also added a goal in the first period. Lucic finished the game with two goals, scoring his first in the second period of play. Loui Eriksson‘s unique skillset was on display all game long. Eriksson had arguably his best game as a member of the black-and-gold, assisting on four  goals. He also fired seven shots on net.

Wayne Simmonds and Jay Rosehill scored for Philadelphia. Ray Emery was in net and the Bruins peppered him with 41 shots. Emery saved 37 of them. He recieved the start in place of Chris Mason, who had been hot in recent games.

With just four games remaining in the season, the Bruins have the division locked up and the conference locked up. They can now focus on allocating rest to their top players and hone in on capturing the President’s Trophy.

The Bruins will next take to the ice on Tuesday. They’ll travel to Minnesota for a date with the Wild.

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