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B's hold off Flyers 3-2 in shootout

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B's hold off Flyers 3-2 in shootout

The Bruins needed a playoff-level performance to lift them out of their funk, and they got it against a Flyers team that brings out of the best in them.

The Bruins got the games first goal for the first time in eight games and paraded through an encouraging first period with a two-goal lead against Philadelphia. That good start allowed them to hold on for a 3-2 shootout victory when the Flyers inevitably made their run back at Boston in the latter 40 minutes of the game.

Jakub Voracek tied the game in the third period, but shootout strikes from David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron proved to be the difference-maker.

The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Bruins and improved them to 32-0-0 this season when theyve put together a two-goal lead at any point during a hockey game. It also put the Bruins back into first place by virtue of their games in hand.

Chris Kelly pounded on a Benoit Pouliot rebound little more than six minutes into the first period for his 17th goal of the season, and the Bruins had their secondary scoring. Then Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin teamed for the 20-year-olds 25th goal of the season to double their output in the first 20 minutes, and then it became about protecting the house.

A slashing call on Seguin led to a Matt Read power play goal for the Flyers in the second period, and Philadelphia was able to keep things awfully tight and competitively close for the final two periods. But Tim Thomas and the Bruins recently beleaguered defense managed to keep the Flyers off the board, and came up with a huge kill in the third period on a Shawn Thornton goaltender interference call.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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