Flyers 6, Bruins 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Mikael Renberg had two goals and an assist Sunday night as the Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 6-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Ron Hextall made 33 saves to improve his record to 9-1-1 and lower his league-leading goals-against average to 1.62.
The Flyers are 12-2-1 at the Spectrum this season, tied with Florida for the league’s best home record. Philadelphia, which led 3-0 in the first period, is also unbeaten in its last nine (8-0-1).
Renberg collected his 16th goal just 1:12 in when he tapped in a perfect feed from Petr Svoboda at the side of the net with Boston’s Dave Reid draped all over him. The Flyers are 11-1-1 when Renberg scores a goal.
Svoboda was also instrumental in Philadelphia’s second goal, backhanding a soft shot from the slot that John LeClair managed to redirect for his 15th goal at 12:54.
Shjon Podein capped off the early rally with his seventh goal at 18:50 when he backhanded a shot between his legs that bounced off the post and got past goalie Scott Bailey, who was making his eighth straight start. The loss was the first in Bailey’s short NHL career (4-1-2).
Reid tipped in a shot from the point at 2:44 of the second to make it 3-1, but Philadelphia continued to pressure Bailey, particularly Renberg and Eric Lindros, who were stopped at point-blank range seconds apart with about six minutes remaining in the second period.
The Flyers made it 4-1 when LeClair slid a bouncing pass to Renberg, who hammered it by Bailey at 1:40 of the third period. LeClair’s assist was the 200th point of his NHL career.
Brent Fedyk and LeClair added third-period goals.