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  • Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Philadelphia Flyers' Luke Schenn (22) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Philadelphia Flyers' Luke Schenn (22) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, blocks a shot from Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Read (24) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, blocks a shot from Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Read (24) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk (55) clears a puck as Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux (28) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk (55) clears a puck as Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux (28) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany,  checks Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo (36) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, checks Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo (36) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Boston Bruins' Jay Pandolfo (29) shoots on goal as Jordan Caron, center, defends against Philadelphia Flyers' Kurtis Foster (3) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Boston Bruins' Jay Pandolfo (29) shoots on goal as Jordan Caron, center, defends against Philadelphia Flyers' Kurtis Foster (3) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Philadelphia Flyers' Luke Schenn (22) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Philadelphia Flyers' Luke Schenn (22) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Philadelphia Flyers' Luke Schenn (22) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, blocks a shot from Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Read (24) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk (55) clears a puck as Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux (28) defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany,  checks Philadelphia Flyers' Zac Rinaldo (36) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Boston Bruins' Jay Pandolfo (29) shoots on goal as Jordan Caron, center, defends against Philadelphia Flyers' Kurtis Foster (3) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
  • Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Philadelphia Flyers' Luke Schenn (22) fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

The Philadelphia Flyers want to play the way they did yesterday for the rest of the season.

Mike Knuble and Matt Read scored, Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves and Philadelphia snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the slumping Boston Bruins.

Ruslan Fedotenko added an empty-net goal for the Flyers, who began the day in 14th in the Eastern Conference but only six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Boston, meanwhile, entered with the third-most points in the conference (46).

“That was a huge two points for us and hopefully from here we can play with confidence like we did tonight and keep on the same tracks and keep going,” Read said. “It’s been kind of a tough season for us and tonight is a momentum builder. With the remaining games, if we keep playing like that, who knows? We just have to keep winning and try to make a playoff run.”

With just 14 games left, Philadelphia is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. That made yesterday’s performance against the loaded Bruins somewhat perplexing for the Flyers.

“You feel good about it, but then you’re frustrated too because that’s an upper-echelon team in our league and you ask yourselves, ‘Why don’t you do it more often? Why doesn’t it happen more often?’ ” Knuble said. “You make the commitment right from the start and everybody was on board today.”

Nathan Horton scored for the Bruins, who dropped to 2-4-1 in their last seven games. They had won four in a row against the Flyers and were unbeaten in their previous 10 trips to Philadelphia (9-0-1).

“We know we have to get better,” said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who made 19 saves. “We haven’t played that bad, but it’s uncharacteristic mistakes. And it’s something we need to get rid of.

“It happens but then again ... we know we need to get better in all areas. It’s weird because we’re not playing awful and we’re losing games, but we know it’s not good enough.”

Coach Claude Julien said the Bruins aren’t playing with any consistency.

“You get some spurts where you’re seeing some good things, but then the next line going up can’t follow up,” he said. “So we are not able to sustain much right now. The biggest challenge is every game we have one line that’s scoring and the other three don’t do a thing. Then it’s a different line another game and then the other three don’t do it. We can’t win hockey games with just relying on one line per night producing for us.”

The Flyers opened the scoring with their fifth consecutive successful power play, this one coming against the NHL’s top penalty-killing unit (91.2 percent). Knuble one-timed Brayden Schenn’s pass from behind the net and beat Rask low and on the glove side to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead with 4:41 left in the first period.

Philadelphia tacked on another goal in the second when Read scored 3:18 into the period. Jakub Voracek found a streaking Read alone between the circles. Read settled the pass, then ripped a slap shot past Rask’s glove side.

“It was one of those changeups,” Rask said. “It was rolling when he shot it. I don’t think I was perfectly positioned.”

The two-goal deficit was indicative of Boston’s recent struggles.

“We fell behind and that’s been happening to us too much lately,” Rask said. “We just can’t bear down and get that lead. ... Just go out there and play our game. They were good goals but when we’re on top of our game, we don’t necessarily give up those chances. Or if we do, I save them.”

Boston cut the deficit to 2-1 on Horton’s 10th goal of the season five minutes into the third. Dennis Seidenberg took the initial shot from the point and it eventually bounced over to a wide-open Horton, who deposited the puck into the empty net.

Boston went 0-for-2 on the power play and has scored once in its last 16 chances with the man advantage.

Penguins 2, Islanders 0

Pittsburgh overcame an injury to Sidney Crosby for its 15th straight victory, beating New York in Jarome Iginla’s debut behind third-period goals from Matt Cooke and James Neal.

Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves as Pittsburgh moved within two wins of the NHL record of 17 straight victories set by Mario Lemieux and the 1992-93 Penguins.

Crosby skated off the ice with a towel covering his mouth after a slap shot by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected off a stick and hit the NHL scoring leader in the face just 1:28 into the game. Crosby, who immediately fell to the ice and tossed his stick in the air, did not return.

Crosby, with 15 goals and 56 points, holds a 10-point lead over Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos in the NHL scoring race. Another head injury for Crosby has to concern the Penguins. The team captain has missed considerable time the past two years because concussions.

Pittsburgh went 15-0-0 in March, the first perfect month in league history.

Canadiens 3, Rangers 0

Michael Ryder and Tomas Plekanec scored in the first period and Carey Price made 34 saves as Montreal shut out New York.

Brendan Gallagher also scored while P.K. Subban had three assists for the Canadiens, who swept their three games with New York this season, outscoring the Rangers 9-1.

The Canadiens moved three points ahead of Boston for first place in the Northeast Division.

Price, who was pulled from a 6-5 win in Boston on Wednesday, got his third shutout of the season and 19th of his career.

HURRICANES 3, JETS 1

Justin Peters made 34 saves to help Carolina keep its playoff hopes alive with a victory over Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg.

Alex Semin and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina. The Hurricanes snapped a seven-game winless streak to improve to 16-15-2 and move within four points of the Jets.

The Hurricanes scored barely over a minute into the game when Semin snapped one after Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec blocked Staal’s wrap-around attempt.

Panthers 3, Devils 2, OT

Dmitry Kulikov scored at 1:43 of overtime to lift Florida over New Jersey.

Kulikov’s shot from the right circle beat Martin Brodeur on the far side and was his first goal of the season.

Shawn Matthias scored two goals for the Panthers and Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves.

Maple Leafs 4, Senators 0

Nazem Kadri had a hat trick and James Reimer made 31 saves as Toronto beat Ottawa.

Joffrey Lupul also scored and added three assists for the Leafs, while Kadri also picked up an assist as Toronto won its third straight game extended its point streak to eight games.

Ben Bishop made 19 saves for the Senators, who were coming off a 3-0 shutout over the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Capitals 4, Sabres 3, SO

Alex Ovechkin scored once in regulation and again in a shootout to help Washington rally for a win over Buffalo.

Matt Hendricks also scored for Washington in the shootout, while Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped both of Buffalo’s shootout attempts.

Mike Green capped a two-goal third-period rally and forced overtime by scoring with 40 seconds left.

Ville Leino scored twice and Christian Ehrhoff also scored for the Sabres, who are 0-1-2 in their past three games.

AVALANCHE 1, PREDATORS 0, OT

Tyson Barrie scored at 50 seconds of overtime and Colorado beat Nashville.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 34 shots for his third shutout of the season and the 11th of his career.

Pekka Rinne had 23 saves for Nashville, which has lost two straight.

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