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4/23/2013 11:40:35 AM
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(Sports Network) - Following what can only be understated as an emotional week, the Boston Bruins take to the road on Tuesday night as they resume their quest for a Northeast Division title versus the Philadelphia Flyers.

Catch the action tonight on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt

It hasn't been about hockey lately for the Bruins ever since last Monday's tragic events at the Boston Marathon, where a pair of explosions killed three people and injured over 200 more. Boston postponed its scheduled contest versus the Ottawa Senators that night and, following a loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, had their Friday night meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins pushed back to Saturday afternoon due to the city-wide lockdown during the hunt for the second alleged bomber.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested on Friday night and has been charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction and the malicious destruction of property resulting in death.

With the city of Boston breathing a sigh of relief following the capture of Tsarnaev, which came less than 24 hours after his older brother and other alleged bomber, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a getaway attempt from police, the Bruins were defeated 3-2 by the Penguins in an emotional contest on Saturday.

That was Boston's season-high fourth straight loss, but the club capped its shortened three-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday. The win moved the Bruins into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division with 59 points.

The Bruins have four games left on their schedule compared to three for the Canadiens, who visit the New Jersey Devils tonight.

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves versus the Panthers for his fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career. The netminder had been unhappy with his play in the loss to the Penguins.

"I like getting shutouts obviously but I think it was a tight game and they had some chances," Rask said of the Panthers. "I'm more happy I didn't let in a goal that let them back into the game. That hasn't always been the case for me, even this year, so that's something to take from this game and build on."

Jaromir Jagr, Dougie Hamilton and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins, who following the victory gave their game-worn sweaters to first responders of last Monday's bombings as well as law enforcement personnel from Friday's manhunt.

"(The) postgame was really special," said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference. "More positive feelings for everybody and today I think was another step."

Boston will return home to host Tampa Bay on Thursday before making a trip to Washington on Saturday. The Bruins then head back to Boston the following day for their make up game with the Sens.

The Flyers, who will miss the postseason for only the second time in the past 18 seasons, will wear special edition jerseys with a "Boston Strong" patch on their uniforms and decals on their helmets.

Philadelphia has won three of its last four, but Friday's win by the New York Rangers officially eliminated the franchise from the postseason race. The following day, the Flyers picked up a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Wayne Simmonds notched the first hat trick of his career and added an assist, while Matt Read had a goal and two helpers. Jakub Voracek netted his career- high 20th goal of the season and Steve Mason ended with 26 saves.

"Obviously I felt pretty good out there tonight," said Simmonds. "Everyone played real strong for us tonight and we played a full 60 minutes. We're professional athletes and we're going to finish this season strong."

The Flyers will host the Islanders on Thursday before ending the season on Saturday in Ottawa.

The Bruins had won four straight over the Flyers before suffering a 3-1 setback in Philadelphia on March 30. That win was the Flyers' first in their last six at home versus Boston.

Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to get their playoff push back on track and avoid a third straight loss when they visit the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday's Western Conference showdown at HP Pavilion.

Catch the action tonight on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 10pm et/7pm pt

The Stars enter Tuesday 10th in the West and three points out of a playoff spot with three games left. Dallas aided its playoff chances during a five- game win streak from April 5-13, but the club has dropped three of four since and is running out of time to prove itself postseason worthy.

Dallas is three points behind both Minnesota and Columbus for the last two playoff spots in the West and Detroit is also one point ahead of the Stars in ninth place. The Wild play Tuesday against Los Angeles, while both Detroit and Columbus are idle. All of those teams have three games left, except the Blue Jackets, who have only two.

The Stars have missed four straight postseasons since making it to the conference finals in the spring of 2008.

Dallas fell to 0-1-1 on a three-game road trip after Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Stars trailed 2-0 at one point before rallying to go ahead 3-2 less than a minute into the third period. However, Dustin Brown would tie the game for L.A. a few minutes later and Jeff Carter scored with 51.4 seconds left in OT to give the Kings two points.

Alex Goligoski had a goal and an assist for the Stars, while Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson also scored. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27-of-31 shots in defeat.

"Our work ethic was there as it has been for a while now so it's always good to see," Goligoski said. "Points are huge right now and battle back a little bit to get one point but we kind of let it slip right there, but we just got to move on and if we win these next three, we feel like we have a pretty good shot here."

The Stars are 11-10-2 as the road team this year. They will close the regular season with two straight home tests against Columbus and Detroit.

San Jose, meanwhile, needs just one point in Tuesday's game to secure its ninth straight trip to the playoffs. The Sharks are seeded fifth in the West and trail Los Angeles by two points. Both San Jose and the Kings, who are playing Tuesday in Minnesota, have three games left in the regular season.

The Sharks also are just one point ahead of sixth-seeded St. Louis, which plays Tuesday against visiting Colorado. The Blues also have three games remaining.

San Jose had won three in a row before dropping a 4-3 regulation decision Sunday against visiting Columbus. Ryan Johansen broke a 3-3 tie for the Blue Jackets with 1:37 left in regulation to deny the Sharks the point they needed to lock up a postseason spot.

Andrew Desjardins and Joe Pavelski scored to erase a two-goal, third-period deficit for the Sharks. Martin Havlat scored, while Antti Niemi made only 18 saves for San Jose.

"It's our game that will get us there or won't get us there. Forget about the clinch part," San Jose head coach Todd McLellan said.

San Jose is wrapping a four-game homestand tonight and has a superb 16-2-5 record at the Shark Tank this season. The club will complete its regular season with two straight on the road against Phoenix and L.A.

Dallas is 3-0 against the Sharks this season, but San Jose had won seven of eight in this series before the 2012-13 campaign. The Stars had lost four straight in San Jose before recording a 5-4 shootout win on April 7. Rookie Alex Chiasson had two goals for Dallas in that win, but is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Kimmo Timonen Milan Lucic (Photo: Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
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