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Bruins beat Flyers, 4-3, in a shootout for ninth straight road win

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (93), of the Czech Republic, during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (93), of the Czech Republic, during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Vincent Lecavalier, left, tries to shoot past Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, top, of Finland, and Matt Bartkowski (43) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Vincent Lecavalier, left, tries to shoot past Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, top, of Finland, and Matt Bartkowski (43) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen right, of Finland, skates into Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen right, of Finland, skates into Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, of Finland, skates on the ice during a break after being injured in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, of Finland, skates on the ice during a break after being injured in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Bruins' Dougie Hamilton, left, and Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Boston Bruins' Dougie Hamilton, left, and Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • From right to left, Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, Andrej Meszaros, of Slovakia, and Dougie Hamilton celebrate after Meszaros' goal as Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux skates by during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    From right to left, Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, Andrej Meszaros, of Slovakia, and Dougie Hamilton celebrate after Meszaros' goal as Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux skates by during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) scores past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) scores past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (93), of the Czech Republic, during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Philadelphia Flyers' Vincent Lecavalier, left, tries to shoot past Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, top, of Finland, and Matt Bartkowski (43) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen right, of Finland, skates into Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, of Finland, skates on the ice during a break after being injured in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Boston Bruins' Dougie Hamilton, left, and Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • From right to left, Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, Andrej Meszaros, of Slovakia, and Dougie Hamilton celebrate after Meszaros' goal as Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux skates by during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) scores past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
  • Boston Bruins' Reilly Smith (18) scores the game-winning goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason (35) during a shootout in an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA – There is no secret to Boston’s road success. The Bruins play their system and play it well no matter where they play.

Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and also tallied in the shootout to help Boston to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.

The Bruins have won nine straight road games, a single-season club record.

“Just being smart, playing the system and not forcing plays,” Bergeron said. “Every time we take what’s there, we have success.”

Reilly Smith, the fifth Boston shooter, clinched the victory in the shootout for the Bruins, who ended March with a 15-1-1 record.

“That’s pretty impressive,” Bruins Coach Claude Julien said. “They’ve stayed focused, they’ve stayed humble, they’ve stayed determined. I’m very proud of the way we’ve handled this month.”

Vincent Lecavalier scored twice for the Flyers, including the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. Lecavalier’s first goal was the 400th of his career.

“I’ve always wanted to have a long career, but you don’t come into the league saying, ‘I want a certain amount of goals,’ ” Lecavalier said. “You come into the league saying, ‘I want to win the Stanley Cup.’ I never even thought about 400. Now that it was today I was proud of it, but as a hockey player your goal is to win a Stanley Cup.”

Kimmo Timonen also scored for Philadelphia, which has lost three of four to remain in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

“I thought our team competed real hard,” Flyers Coach Craig Berube said. “They had an attitude today that they were going to show them something and I think they did. I know the outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but we attacked and put a lot of pucks at the net.”

Andrej Meszaros and Zdeno Chara also scored, and Tuukka Rask made a career-high 49 saves for the Bruins.

“They play their system to a ‘T’ no matter what,” Berube said. “They don’t vary from it. They’re a very competitive, heavy team.”

Bergeron scored to give Boston a 1-0 lead in the shootout and Claude Giroux, Philadelphia’s second shooter, tied it. But no other Flyers shooter scored.

The Bruins’ last road setback came Feb. 26 in overtime at Buffalo, and they haven’t lost on the road in regulation since a Jan. 9 defeat at Los Angeles.

It looked as if Boston had it won in regulation until Lecavalier scored his second goal with 25 seconds left. With goalie Steve Mason on the bench, Philadelphia pressed into the Boston zone. Johnny Boychuk had a chance to clear the zone, but the puck bounced over his stick on a backhand clearing attempt and went right to Jakub Voracek.

Rask contested Voracek, who passed in front to a wide-open Lecavalier.

Boston erased a one-goal deficit with a pair of second-period goals.

Chara scored on the power play 5:44 into the period. Jarome Iginla set up Chara for the goal with a pass in front of the net, and Chara wheeled to his backhand and lifted it past Mason to the far side.

Bergeron continued his torrid pace with a goal in his seventh straight game, this one with 8:55 left in the period to give the Bruins a 3-2 advantage. Bergeron whirled around from the left circle and his turnaround shot slipped under Mason’s pads.

The Flyers led 2-1 after an action-packed first period. Lecavalier opened the scoring just more than five minutes into the game by beating Rask with a slap shot from the point that dipped under Rask’s glove.

Meszaros, whom the Flyers sent to Boston at the trade deadline for a conditional third-round pick, tied it about five minutes later when his wrist shot from the slot got past Mason on the stick side after Philadelphia had trouble clearing the zone.

Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo raised the excitement level with a hard check on Iginla with four minutes left in the period and the players subsequently were penalized for fighting in a one-sided affair in favor of Rinaldo.

Timonen gave Philadelphia a one-goal lead with 41.7 seconds left in the period by finishing an cross-ice, back-handed pass from Voracek.

Notes

∎ The Bruins won eight straight on the road during the 1971-72 and 1992-93 seasons.

∎ The Bruins are the only team in the NHL against which the Flyers have a sub-.500 record all-time in Philadelphia.

∎ Lecavalier became the 90th player to reach 400 goals.

∎ Steve Downie (upper body injury) missed his fourth straight game for the Flyers.

∎ Boston improved to 2-0 against the Flyers this season, counting a 6-1 win at Philadelphia on Jan. 25. The teams will conclude the regular-season series at 1 p.m. Saturday in Boston.

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