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Flyers' third-period surge scuttles Bruins

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Simon Gagne scored two third-period goals to

power the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over the Boston

Bruins on Tuesday.

With the game tied at 1-1 entering the third period, Gagne broke

the deadlock with his 25th goal of the season. Gagne tipped a

shot past Manny Fernandez at 2:22. The assists went to Andrew

Alberts and Mike Knuble.

Little more than three minutes later, Knuble doubled the

advantage with a wrist shot. Captain Mike Richards and Gagne

picked up the assists.

Gagne recorded his second of the game and 26th of the season off

a beautiful feed from Richards at 16:25. Gagne took a gorgeous

pass from Richards, and took his time before easily beating

Fernandez from in close finish off out the Bruins.

Gagne wound up with two goals and an assist, Knuble had a goal

and two assists and Richards picked up two assists for the


The rest was left to Antero Niittymaki. The Finnish goaltender

made 22 saves as he kept the Bruins at bay after giving up a

first-period goal to Patrice Bergeron until Mark Stuart scored

at 19:18 of the third period on a wrist shot.

Bergeron gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 5:35 left in the first

period on his first power-play goal since October 6, 2007.

All-Star defenseman Zdeno Chara fed Bergeron in the right

faceoff circle, where the center one-timed a slapshot past

Niittymaki stick-side. It was Bergeron's seventh goal of the

season and third in his last seven games.

Philadelphia got the equalizer thanks to a sloppy play by the

Bruins, whose attempt to pass out of their own zone early in the

second was intercepted by Scottie Upshall. The 25-year-old

right wing skated in untouched on Fernandez and beat him for his

seventh goal of the season just 1:49 in.

Upshall's goal snapped a scoreless streak of 111:27 for the

Flyers dating to the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss

against Montreal on Friday.

The Bruins missed a golden chance to take the lead with less

than three minutes left in the second period when Byron Bitz hit

the goalpost and the Niitymaki fell with the puck underneath his




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