Flyers defeat Bruins in opening game of Qualifiers round-robin


The Philadelphia Flyers scored three goals in the second period of a 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins in the opening game of the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday.

Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist, and Carter Hart made 34 saves for Philadelphia, which will also play the Washington Capitals on Thursday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city.

Chris Wagner scored for Boston, which will play the Lightning on Wednesday and the Capitals on Aug. 9.

Jaroslav Halak started and made 25 saves in place of Tuukka Rask, who was unavailable after missing practice on Saturday because of an illness.

Raffl gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 5:33 of the second period. Defenseman Travis Sanheim pinched to hold a puck in the Bruins zone and passed to Raffl, who deked and lifted a backhand over Halak. 

Raffl left the game with 6:17 remaining in the third period after falling into the boards in front of the Flyers bench after getting tangled with Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon.

Nate Thompson made it 2-0 at 9:31 of the second when he beat Halak short side from the top of the left circle.

Wagner scored from behind the net when his shot redirected in off the skate of Robert Hagg to cut it to 2-1 with 1:09 remaining in the second, but Philippe Myers scored eight seconds later on a 2-on-1 to push the lead to 3-1.

Scott Laughton made it 4-1 at 4:07 of the third period when he scored off a 2-on-1 rush.

The seeds for the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be determined by points in the round-robin, with regular-season points percentage being the tiebreaker. 

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