BOSTON (AP) — Zdeno Chara scored twice, Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Thursday night.
Jake DeBrusk also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 6-0-2 in their last eight against Philadelphia and 9-0-1 in the last 10 meetings in Boston.
Halak got his second shutout with the Bruins and 44th of his career.
Chara’s goal 13 minutes into the second period put Boston up 1-0, and DeBrusk scored on a tip-in with 2:32 left in the second.
Brian Elliott had 22 saves for the Flyers, who have lost two straight and three of four.
The Bruins improved to 4-0 at home, where they last played Oct. 13 in an 8-2 rout of the Detroit Red Wings.
Halak was in position the few times he was tested, stopping a one-timer by Claude Giroux from the right circle with about eight minutes left in the second period. The Bruins got it going the other way and took a 1-0 lead on Chara’s slap shot from the blue line through traffic. It was the 197th goal of Chara’s career and first since the second game of the season.
Chara added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left.
Notes: Gritty, the Flyers’ first mascot, was officially welcomed to Philadelphia on Thursday in a resolution by the City Council for “honoring the spirit and passion that Gritty has brought to the City of Philadelphia and to the entire country, both on and off the ice.” … Flyers F Michael Raffl was out of the lineup with an unspecified lower-body injury. … Flyers LW Scott Laughton played in is 200th NHL game. … RW David Backes and D Charlie McAvoy were scratches for the Bruins. … D Jeremy Lauzon made his NHL debut after being called up earlier Thursday from Providence of the AHL.
Flyers: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Bruins: Host Montreal on Saturday night.
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