Daily Times (Primos, PA)

Bergeron tallies 900th point to help push Flyers farther back

- By Dan Gelston

PHILADELPH­IA » Patrice Bergeron recorded a hat trick and reached 900 career points, and Brad Marchand’s short-handed goal led the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Flyers Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

Marchand’s goal midway through the third period helped put more distance between the Bruins and Flyers for the final playoff spot in the East Division. The Bruins now hold a fivepoint lead over the Flyers for fourth.

Bergeron empty-netter minute.

Jake Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehe­re scored for the Flyers.

Philadelph­ia’s Carter Hart, who has been ineffectiv­e added an in the final for more than a month, was outplayed by fellow 22-year-old goalie Jeremy Swayman.

Swayman made his NHL debut and became the fourth goalie to play for the Bruins this season. Jaroslav Halak tested positive for COVID-19 and Tuukka Rask is still sidelined with an undisclose­d upper-body injury. Dan Vladar made 29 saves in the first game of the back-to-back set.

The Flyers beat the Bruins 3-2 on Travis Sanheim’s overtime goal a night earlier for their first win in six games in the series this season.

Bergeron’s milestone helped the Bruins split the home-and-home set.

Bergeron hit the 900-point milestone just 7:09 into the game with his 13th goal of the season. He joined Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and

Phil Esposito (1,012) as players who scored 900 points with the Bruins.

Swayman stopped Scott Laughton on a breakaway and Bergeron scored his second goal off the rush from the slot for a 2-0 lead. He now has seven goals in seven games this season against the Flyers.

Needing every point they can get, the Flyers gamely rallied in the second.

Voracek tapped in Travis Konecny’s shot from the circle to make it a 2-1 game. The Flyers needed about 90 seconds to even the score on Voracek’s cross-ice pass to Gostisbehe­re for his sixth goal of the season.

 ?? DERIK HAMILTON —THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Boston’s Brad Marchand, right, and the Flyers’ Travis Konecny chase the puck during the third period. The Bruins won 4-2.
DERIK HAMILTON —THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston’s Brad Marchand, right, and the Flyers’ Travis Konecny chase the puck during the third period. The Bruins won 4-2.

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