Boston and Philadelpia have the best records in the National Hockey League, but the Bruins were clearly the better team this time, beating the Flyers, 5-2, in Boston.
The teams started the game with 96 points apiece. The Bruins' record was 44-16-8, the Flyers 44-17-8. Each team had scored 284 goals and given up 191.
"It's about as close as you can get," said Boston Coach Gerry Cheevers. "I just felt that if you're not ready to play this type of game for first place overall, maybe you're in the wrong business. It's a pretty good classic hockey matchup."
The victory put Boston, which has played one less game than Philadelphia, on top of the league with 98 points. The team that finishes the regular season with the most points has home-ice advantage as long as it remains in the playoffs.
"It's a big game and we came up short," said Philadelphia's Bill Barber. "They played very well. They moved the puck well. We had some good chances and didn't put them in the net. They're two evenly matched teams. There's no question. I think the record speaks for itself."
Mike Krushelnyski scored two goals to lead Boston's attack.
"He's a very deceptive player," Cheevers said of the rookie. "I wouldn't want to be checking him all night. His speed is deceptive. So is his coolness."
Krushelnyski got a short-handed goal to make the score 4-0 at 14:39 of the second period. He had his 19th goal of the season at 3:54 of the third period to boost Boston's lead to 5-2.