BOSTON — The Boston Bruins left the Philadelphia Flyers behind in a wild third period.
Steve Kampfer broke a tie with 1:14 left in Boston’s five-goal third to help the Bruins beat the Flyers 7-5 on Thursday night.
In a game that featured five lead changes, the Bruins rallied to beat the Flyers for their third straight victory. Boston is 7-1-3 in the last 11 games.
“We had to come from behind a couple of times,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “When you beat a team like the Flyers, who are playing so well, you take the two points and appreciate it.”
Philadelphia is 12-3-1 in its last 16 games and had a four-game winning streak snapped.
“The rivalry is building up again,” Briere said. “The last few years, the suspension, the Winter Classic, the comeback, those are all things that make it more of a rivalry and it’s good.”
Brad Marchand tied it at 5 at 11:26 of the third and Kampfer gave the Bruins the lead for good when he slapped in a shot that went inside the right post past a stunned Brian Boucher. Gregory Campbell added an empty-net goal to cap the scoring.
After Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder gave Boston a 4-3 lead with goals in the first 1:48 of the third, Danny Briere and Sean O’Donnell scored in a 53-second span to give the Flyers a 5-4 lead with 12:19 left.
“There was a comeback early, a comeback late and it was a comeback the whole night really,” Recchi said. “We just stayed composed and stayed with it and got a couple of big goals from some guys that were important.”
Recchi scored the fluke goal of the night 38 seconds into the third when he cleared the puck in from center ice and eventually tapped it in. The puck took a funny bounce off the boards and bounced right in front of the net while Boucher was attempting to play it.
“They got a crazy bounce at the start of the period and they get another goal off a shot that Ryder tips in,” Boucher said. “It was just one of those nights.”
Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron added goals for Boston. Jeff Carter, Nikolay Zherdev and Scott Hartnell also scored for Philadelphia.
Hartnell gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead when he batted a rebound out of the air past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas 3:34 into the game. Hartnell’s goal snapped a streak of 10 straight goals for Boston spanning the third period against Pittsburgh on Monday night when the Bruins scored four, and a 6-0 win over Ottawa on Tuesday night.
“That was a roller coaster,” Thomas said. “Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out that way and you have to roll with the punches.”
Chara capitalized on a two-man advantage for Boston to tie at 1 with 1:44 remaining in the first.
Bergeron gave Boston then lead 45 seconds into the second period. Bergeron had a hat trick Tuesday and leads the Bruins with 33 points.
Zherdev and Carter scored for Philadelphia in the final 4:35 of the second to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.
NOTES: Zherdev returned to the lineup after missing four games. … Hartnell has six golas in the last five games. … Briere and Bergeron extended their points streaks to five. … Milan Lucic missed his second game for the Bruins because of an undisclosed injury. … Ryder scored for the first time in eight games.
Sabres 3, Hurricanes 2
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Cody McCormick scored the go-ahead goal, got into a fight and drew a key penalty in the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe also scored to help Buffalo improve to 5-1-1 in its past seven. Thomas Vanek had two assists and Ryan Miller made 27 saves in cooling a Hurricanes offense that had 15 goals in its previous three games.
Tuomo Ruutu and rookie Jeff Skinner, with 32 seconds remaining, scored for Carolina, which had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost in regulation for the first time in its past nine (6-1-2).
The win allowed Buffalo to gain ground on Carolina in a midseason matchup between two teams attempting to climb back into playoff contention. The 10th-place Sabres have 43 points, inching within five of the ninth-place Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference.
McCormick, a checking-line journeyman, had a solid outing for a team that was left reeling after squandering a 2-0 lead in a 5-2 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
McCormick first charged the crowd midway though the first period when he got into a fight with Troy Bodie.
Then, after Gerbe and Ruutu traded goals, McCormick put the Sabres ahead for good 11:49 into the second period when he parked himself in front to screen goalie Cam Ward, who had difficulty handling Jordan Leopold’s shot from the left point. McCormick then pounced on the rebound and flipped it just inside the right post.
It was McCormick’s second goal in as many games and gave him a career-best 13 points on the season.
Then came McCormick’s coup de grace 2:49 into the third period when he was cross-checked at the side of the Carolina net by defenseman Joni Pitkanen.
The Sabres capitalized 37 seconds into the power play, when Vanek set up Stafford in the slot for a snap shot that beat Ward over his right shoulder putting Buffalo ahead 3-1.
Carolina’s Eric Staal had an assist on Ruutu’s goal to extend his point streak to seven games in which he has seven points (three goals, four assists).
NOTES: Hurricanes C Ryan Carter returned after missing three games with an upper body injury. Carter’s return left Sergei Samsonov as a healthy scratch… Sabres captain D Craig Rivet was a healthy scratch for the first time since playing nine straight. … Sabres G Miller made his 20th consecutive start. Miller hasn’t had a night off since Nov. 24, when he missed his second straight game with a groin injury. … Hurricanes G Ward appeared in his 308th game, one short of matching Arturs Irbe for most by a goaltender since the team relocated to Carolina in 1997.
Senators 6, Islanders 4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Ottawa Senators broke out of their slump in a big way.
Robin Lehner made 20 saves in his first NHL start and Ottawa snapped a six-game winless streak with a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Lehner was called up for the third time this season, and appeared twice earlier, both in relief roles.
Daniel Alfredsson, Jesse Winchester, Milan Michalek, Chris Kelly, Nick Foligno and Zack Smith scored for Ottawa. The Senators were 0-4-2 before the victory. Trevor Gillies scored his first NHL goal, and Blake Comeau, P.A. Parenteau and Milan Jurcina added goals for New York, 0-2-1 in its last three games.
Kevin Poulin started in goal for New York and allowed two goals on eight shots. He was relieved by Nathan Lawson, who stopped 15 of 19 shots. Poulin was reinserted in the third period and stopped 11 more shots.
“Pulling Poulin was a gut feeling,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Sometimes, you just have to listen to your gut.”
It took Ottawa all of 32 seconds to open the scoring. Mike Fisher passed up to Alfredsson, who came in alone on Poulin, threw a deke, and buried the puck.
“We started off so quickly and never looked back,” Alfredsson said. “It’s nice to be in a winning locker room.”
Gillies tied it at 7:23, when a centering pass from Zenon Konopka deflected in off his skate, with a video review confirmation.
“It felt great,” Gillies said about his first NHL goal. “But we have to go 100 percent every shift.”
Ottawa went back in front at 9:50 when Winchester beat Poulin cleanly from the left circle.
“It’s a part of hockey,” Poulin said about being pulled. “I was mad at myself for letting a quick goal in.”
The Islanders got a power play in the second period, yet it was the Senators who scored to make it 3-1.
Michalek finished a short-handed 2-on-1 by putting a one-timer between Lawson’s legs at 7:13.
Comeau answered back at 10:31 while both teams were skating four aside.
“It seems like a trend for us in the first period,” Comeau said. “The guys were embarrassed, basically.”
Twenty seconds later, Kelly shot one past Lawson, and Ottawa was back ahead by two.
Foligno moved it up to 5-2 when he buried his own rebound at 13:01, and then Smith nailed one at 14:37.
Parenteau got his 10th for the Islanders 1:49 into the final period.
Jurcina blasted a point shot past Lehner at 10:50.
“We have to be ready to play,” Jurcina said. “We need to have better starts.”
NOTES: The Senators are the only team in the NHL that hasn’t won a single game that has gone past regulation. … Ottawa also recalled C Corey Locke from Binghamton.