Talking Points: Bruins 6, Flyers 0

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Talking Points: Bruins 6, Flyers 0

PHILADELPHIA Billed as a showdown between the two best teams in the East, the Bruins once again left little question as to exactly who that is.

The Bruins bested the Flyers on the scoreboard with five goals in the first two periods, and they throttled the Pronger-less Broad Street Bullies in an old-fashioned 6-0 beating at the Wells Fargo Center. With the victory the Bruins are officially the top dog in the Eastern Conference.

Rich Peverley teamed with Benoit Pouliot to score a goal just 27 seconds into the action on the very first shift of the game, and exposed a Flyers team that didnt look ready to play coming off seven wins in a row. Zdeno Chara followed by dropping the gloves with Jody Shelley and pummeling the Flyers tough guy on his very first shift of the game, and the Big Bad Bruins had made their overpowering statement.

Less than 20 seconds later Daniel Paille jumped all over carom off a Dennis Seidenberg shot two minutes later, and the Bruins were up by two goals and rolling. Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic added power play goals to round out the scoring in the first period, and Nathan Horton capped off the Bs offensive outburst with his own power play strike in a penalty-filled affair. Seguin added a garbage goal in the third period to cap off the scoring.

While the offense was rolling, Tim Thomas was at his usual best manning the pipes with 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the season. Thomas upped his career record to 11-3-2 against the Flyers thats included some classic performances in Phillys home rink, and gave a reminder who the No. 1 goalie is in Boston.

The Bruins, of course, gave the Flyers a stark reminder on Saturday afternoon of which team is the reigning Cup champs.

DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics, 107-97

DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics, 107-97

TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 107-97 on Friday night.

DeRozan shot 15 of 28 from the floor as he surpassed his 42-point effort against the Houston Rockets on March 30, 2015, helping the Raptors overcome the absence of fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry. Lowry sat out with a right wrist injury.

Serge Ibaka, acquired by trade from the Orlando Magic last week, scored 15 points in his debut, while fellow newcomer P.J. Tucker, picked up from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, had a game-high 10 rebounds and nine points in his first game for his new team.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston, which also got 19 points each from Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart.

Down 91-88 with 4:11 to play, the Raptors went on a 9-1 run to lead by five with 2:01 to play. Though Crowder cut that lead to three with a jump shot with 1:46 remaining, DeRozan drilled a jump shot with a minute remaining to put the Raptors up by five.

Tucker was unable to convert either free throw after being fouled by Al Horford with 47 seconds left, but Thomas missed the next time down the court, and after being fouled by Smart, DeRozan converted both free throws with 33 seconds to play. He then followed up with two more after a three-point play from Smart to take the game away from Boston with 27.5 seconds to go.

The Celtics found their range early, connecting on 55 percent of their shots from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range in the first quarter. The Raptors could only hit 40 percent and went 0 for 3 from beyond the arc, and while DeRozan topped all scorers with 10 points, they were trailing 29-18 after 12 minutes.

Boston pushed its lead to 17 on a 3-point shot from Jaylen Brown with 1:29 to play in the half, but Toronto closed on a 7-0 run following a flagrant foul by Thomas on DeRozan.

The Raptors continued their comeback effort in the third quarter, with Ibaka's 3-pointer with 5:58 to go capping a 27-8 Toronto run to give the Raptors their first lead since the 3:54 mark of the first quarter. Smart's 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining handed Boston a 77-74 edge entering the final 12 minutes.

Mannix: Celtics going to be in best bargaining situation this summer

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