Philadelphia Flyers defeat Boston Bruins, 3-1

Just a little off. Like Marc Savard, the backchecker in the slot, turning his head a hair too late to get a stick or body on James van Riemsdyk in the third period.

Like Blake Wheeler, out to challenge Kimmo Timonen at the point, getting only a piece of his glove on the defenseman’s shot.

Like Derek Morris, rimming the puck into the offensive zone in the final minute while one of his teammates was still scrambling to tag up at the blue line.

But all those littl...

Johnny Boychuk sat around for weeks waiting for his chance to crack the Bruins’ lineup. He never missed an offday practice. On game days, even though he knew he would not be on the night’s roster, he took part in the morning workouts and dressed for the warm-up, knowing that once the puck dropped he would be in the press box rather than on the ice.

“It’s not easy to get into a routine up there,’’ said Boychuk, back in the lineup for a third straight game last night when...