Boston Bruins defeat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-1

With Marc Savard most likely out for rest of the season because of a concussion, Patrice Bergeron led the way for the banged-up Boston Bruins.

The new first-line center scored a goal and had two assists in Boston's 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Tuukka Rask made 31 saves, and Mark Recchi and David Krejci scored second-period goals along with Bergeron, helping the Bruins inch higher in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins, last in scoring...

Before last night’s game against the Flyers, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli felt it was time to address his players.

Chiarelli, who was discouraged by his team’s lack of response Sunday after Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke flattened Marc Savard, wouldn’t disclose his message.

But it was clear in the wake of Savard’s injury, the Bruins’ failure to respond, the NHL’s non-action on Cooke, and the news that Savard’s season might be over, that passion and commitment were...