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Bruins rout Flyers on strong defense

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Goalie Tim Thomas made 35 saves for lowly Boston as Philadelphia fell four points behind league-leading Carolina, who slipped to Phoenix


Donald Brashear, left, of the Flyers, has his shot deflected by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday.


Travis Green scored twice to lead the Boston Bruins past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Thursday.

Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau also had goals, and rookie Tim Thomas made 35 saves for Boston, the last-place team in the Northeast Division.

Sami Kapanen and Simon Gagne scored for Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia. The suddenly struggling Flyers have lost four straight and five of six and trail NHL-leading Carolina by four points. They've lost three in a row at home since returning from an 8-2-1 road trip.

The Bruins scored three goals on just five shots in the second period and needed only 12 shots to get their first four goals. They finished with a season-low 18 shots.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Kevyn Adams scored the go-ahead goal seconds after he inadvertently caused one to be waved off and Eric Staal added his 30th of the season, helping Carolina earn its ninth straight victory by beating New York.

The winning streak ties the franchise record set earlier this season -- the previous best of seven came about 21 years ago when the team was the Hartford Whalers. And Carolina improved the NHL's best home record to 21-4-1.

Backup Cam Ward won his third straight start spread over nearly two weeks by stopping 36 shots.

The Islanders finished with a 39-25 edge in shots, including 29-12 through the opening two periods. Arron Asham, Radek Martinek and Mark Parrish had goals as New York was trying to win consecutive road games for the first time since early December.

Capitals 5, Blues 4, SO

At Washington, Matt Pettinger scored in the fourth round of a shootout, giving Washington its season-high third straight victory.

Alexander Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and scored in the shootout for the Capitals. His 33 goals are a team record for a rookie, breaking the mark set by Bobby Carpenter in 1981-1982. In his last six games, the 20-year-old Russian has eight goals and five assists.

Dean McAmmond tied the game at 4 with 4:29 left in regulation, but the Blues lost their eighth straight.

Mike Sillinger, Young and Dennis Wideman scored power-play goals for the Blues.

The Capitals trailed 3-2 before Chris Clark and Brian Willsie scored on successive shots.

Rangers 4, Penguins 2

At Pittsburgh, Michal Rozsival scored the winning goal late in the third period after accidentally creating Pittsburgh's first goal, and New York ran the Penguins' losing streak to eight games.

Rozsival had a goal and an assist as the Rangers won for the first time in three games. He scored with 4:12 remaining and Michael Nylander added his 11th goal exactly a minute later

Rangers rookie Petr Prucha scored two goals, each of which gave the Rangers a one-goal lead. He has 23 on the season, the same number as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who scored for the second straight game.

Dick Tarnstrom also scored for the Penguins.

Mighty Ducks 4, Senators 3, SO

At Ottawa, Chris Kunitz scored the only shootout goal, lifting Anaheim over Ottawa.

Andy McDonald and Jonathan Hedstrom failed to beat Dominik Hasek, but Mighty Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Patrick Eaves to give Anaheim just its second win in 11 overtime games.

Teemu Selanne had a goal and an assist as Anaheim scored three unanswered goals in the second after falling behind 2-0. Selanne reached 20 goals for the 12th time in 13 seasons.

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