Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Reilly Smith scored in the fifth round of the shootout to carry the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday at Wells Fargo Center.
Patrice Bergeron also scored in the tiebreaker for the Bruins while goalie Tuukka Rask stopped four of five Philadelphia shooters as the Bruins extended their streak of games with a point to 16 (15-0-1).
Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Andrej Meszaros also scored in regulation while Rask finished with a season-high 49 saves for his 100th career win as the Bruins improved to 52-17-6.
The victory was the Bruins’ ninth straight away from home, setting a club record. Boston teams in 1971-72 and 1992-93 held the previous record with eight straight road wins.
The win also gave the Bruins a three-point lead on the St. Louis Blues in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy, and an 11-point cushion on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals, including the 400th of his NHL career, and Kimmo Timonen also scored for Philadelphia, which slipped to 39-27-8.
Goalie Steve Mason made 27 saves in regulation and overtime while captain Claude Giroux was the only shooter to beat Rask in the shootout.
The Flyers and New York Rangers each has 86 points, but Philadelphia is in second place with a game in hand and eight regular-season games remaining. New York plays the Edmonton Oilers Sunday night.
Philadelphia led 2-1 after one period, but Boston pulled even on a power-play goal by Chara, who lifted a backhander over Mason’s left shoulder at 5:44.
Bergeron scored his 27th goal of the year to put the Bruins ahead but Lecavalier tied the count with 25 seconds remaining in regulation. Lecavalier is the 90th player in League history and the eighth active with 400 goals.