Spooner leads Bruins over Sens

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Ottawa native Ryan Spooner scored twice as the Bruins defeated the Senators 3-1 Tuesday night.

With the win, the Bruins (34-22-10) now have a six-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Senators (30-24-11) fall seven points back of the Bruins in the loss.

With his second and third goals of the season, Spooner extended his point streak to six games.

Craig Anderson, who was making consecutive starts for the first time since Jan. 20-21, made 19 saves in the loss.

Loui Eriksson had the other Bruins goal.

Sens’ forward Matt Puempel scored his first NHL goal in the loss.

Tuukka Rask, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday, made 39 saves to improve to 27-16-10 on the season.

The Bruins have points in all four meetings between the to clubs this season (2-0-2). They’ll meet for a fifth and final time in Ottawa on March 19.

Video: Special teams help Bruins over Red Wings

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Daniel Paille scored twice as the Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.

The Bruins (33-22-10) scored two shorthanded goals and went 2-for-5 on the power play in the win.

Boston now has points in five straight (4-0-1). The Bruins also have a four-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit (36-17-11) has lost two straight in regulation for the first time this season.

Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson had the other Boston goals while Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves in the win.

Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening and Marek Zidlicky scored for Detroit.

Pavel Datsyuk had two assists in the loss.

Jonas Gustavsson allowed four goals on 23 shots and was replaced by Jimmy Howard to start the third. Howard made six saves in relief.

Sunday was the first time the Red Wings have allowed two shorthanded goals since Jan. 24, 2004.

Boston and Detroit conclude the five-game season series on April 2 in Detroit.

WATCH LIVE: Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins

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This afternoon marks the fourth of five meetings between the Red Wings and the Bruins. Boston has won two of the first three between the two clubs.

The Bruins have points in four straight while the Red Wings failed to pick up at least a point for the first time since Feb. 24 with a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Puck drop is at 12:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on NBC or live online via NBCSports.com’s Live Extra.

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Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:

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Panthers squeak by Islanders in SO to stay on Bruins’ heels

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The Boston Bruins pulled off a dramatic comeback against the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon, putting the pressure on the Florida Panthers to beat the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders just to keep pace. The Panthers didn’t make it look easy, but they got two points in a 4-3 shootout victory.

Without defenseman Aaron Ekblad and forward Tomas Kopecky (both flu), the Panthers leaned heavily on 35-year-old Brian Campbell and 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr, giving them 26:18 and 21:12 minutes of ice time respective. However, it was ultimately Jonathan Huberdeau, 21, that proved to be the hero tonight.

He netted a key goal for the Panthers in the third period and accounted for the only marker in the shootout.

The Panthers also had Dan Ellis playing between the pipes as goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya are both sidelined. Ellis kicked out 25 of 28 shots before out dueling Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, and Josh Bailey in the skills competition.

Florida improved to 29-23-14 to remain two points shy of the Bruins in the battle for the second Wild Card spot. It’s worth noting though that Boston has a huge lead in ROW (30 to 22), so any tie is projected to go to the Bruins.

Marchand leads the Bruins over the Flyers

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Brad Marchand scored with 14.1 seconds remaining in the third period and then netted the overtime winner as the Boston Bruins edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Saturday afternoon.

Zdeno Chara had the other Bruins goal while Tuukka Rask made 29 saves in the win.

The win gives the Bruins a five-point cushion on the Flyers in the race for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philly has now lost six straight to Boston dating back to April 23, 2013.

Jakub Voracek and Chris VandeVelde had the Philly goals. Steve Mason stopped 34 shots in the loss.

With the Bruins trailing 2-1, Marchand re-directed a Dougie Hamilton shot past Mason for his 20th of the season.

Hamilton had a pair of assists in the win.

Then at 3:52 of overtime Marchand’s shot re-directed off of Michael Del Zotto and past Mason for the winner. With his assist on the goal, Maxime Talbot picked up his first point as a Bruin.

The pair of goals gives Marchand 21 on the season.