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Two-minute burst lifts Bruins over Flyers, 3-0

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, right, of the Czech Republic, falls while battling Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, right, of the Czech Republic, falls while battling Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) skates between Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, left, of Finland, and Maxime Talbot (25) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) skates between Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, left, of Finland, and Maxime Talbot (25) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) skates between Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, left, of Finland, and Maxime Talbot (25) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) skates between Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, left, of Finland, and Maxime Talbot (25) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly (23) celebrates his goal with teammates Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Dennis Seidenberg, of Germany, as Philadelphia Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov, of Russia, stands in the goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly (23) celebrates his goal with teammates Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Dennis Seidenberg, of Germany, as Philadelphia Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov, of Russia, stands in the goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) defends against Philadelphia Flyers' Brayden Schenn (10) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) defends against Philadelphia Flyers' Brayden Schenn (10) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, right, of the Czech Republic, falls while battling Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, right, of the Czech Republic, falls while battling Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, right, of the Czech Republic, falls while battling Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) skates between Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, left, of Finland, and Maxime Talbot (25) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Daniel Paille (20) skates between Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen, left, of Finland, and Maxime Talbot (25) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly (23) celebrates his goal with teammates Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Dennis Seidenberg, of Germany, as Philadelphia Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov, of Russia, stands in the goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) defends against Philadelphia Flyers' Brayden Schenn (10) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, right, of the Czech Republic, falls while battling Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON – It took the Boston Bruins just over two minutes to turn a scoreless tie into a 3-0 lead.

The first-period scoring outburst was more than enough offense for the Bruins in a 3-0 shutout over the slumping Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.

Boston played one of its best defensive games of the season, limiting Philadelphia to 23 shots as Tuukka Rask picked up his 13th career shutout despite not seeing the puck during several long stretches as his teammates controlled play at the other end of the ice.

“We took their time and space away a lot of times and didn’t give them second chances,” said Chris Kelly, whose goal with 6:32 left in the first period put Boston up 2-0.

Tyler Seguin had just given the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he scored on a power play with 8:07 left, his third goal in two games.

Kelly followed that with a wrist shot from the slot, then Daniel Paille finished the flurry by beating Ilya Bryzgalov on a breakaway with 5:08 still to go in the first. The goals came in a span of just 2:18 and the Bruins remained in command the rest of the way.

“I think we only had one shot in the first 10 minutes, but I didn’t think that we were playing poorly,” Kelly said. “The shots aren’t always there. We seemed to get rolling after that and I thought we played a pretty consistent game.”

Boston got goals from three different lines and the six assists came from six players.

Rask stopped the shots that came his way sporadically and got some help from Seguin, who cleared a loose puck after Rask misplayed it while charged out of the crease to avoid a breakaway.

“I think I saw pretty much every puck,” Rask said. “It’s never easy whenever you don’t see that much traffic. It’s kind of mentally tougher to stay sharp.”

The Bruins also managed to hang on to a 3-0 lead, the same cushion they had Tuesday at Washington before the Capitals rallied to win 4-3 in overtime.

There was no rallying for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight exactly one week after reaching .500 for the first time this season.

“After 1-0, we stopped competing,” Coach Peter Laviolette said.

The Flyers held a closed-door team meeting after the game.

Bryzgalov stopped just three of the six shots he faced in the first period, but regained his composure and was the primary reason the game didn’t turn into a rout.

The Bruins scored on their first power play when Milan Lucic backhanded a pass across the crease to Seguin, who hit the open net and put Boston up 1-0 with 8:07 left in the first period. It was Seguin’s eighth goal of the season.

Kelly got free in the slot for another wrister with 6:32 left for his 99th career goal and it took less than a minute for the Bruins to strike again. Shawn Thornton forced a turnover at the blue line and set up Paille’s breakaway goal with 5:49 left in the first that put Boston up 3-0.

“Our guys stuck to the game plan,” Coach Claude Julien said. “We looked more like the team that had those leads in the past. We had a little glitch there for a couple of games. We’re hoping to turn the page on that.”

Islanders 5, Capitals 2

John Tavares scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift New York over Washington, ending the Capitals’ three-game winning streak.

BLUE JACKETS 3, RED WINGS 0

Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves in his first career shutout, and Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno took advantage of Detroit giveaways to score goals in leading suddenly hot Columbus over Detroit.

BLUES 4, SHARKS 3, OT

Vladimir Sobotka recorded his first career hat trick and Patrik Berglund scored 72 seconds into overtime to lift St. Louis past San Jose.

Wild 2, Predators 1, SO

Matt Cullen scored the shootout-winning goal as Minnesota, which has won two of three, sent Nashville to its fourth loss in five games.

Coyotes 2, Stars 1

Rob Klinkhammer netted his first NHL goal in his Coyotes debut, and Shane Doan also scored as Phoenix beat the Dallas.

Penguins 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO

Sidney Crosby and James Neal scored shootout goals, and Pittsburgh beat Toronto for its NHL-leading 11th road win.

Canadiens 4, Lightning 3

Brendan Gallagher broke a tie with Montreal’s third goal of the third period, and the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens rallied to beat Tampa Bay.

Hurricanes 6, Devils 3

Jiri Tlusty had two goals, and surging Carolina built an early lead and carried it through to a victory over slumping New Jersey.

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