By DAVID ROGERS The Associated Press WriterBoston Bruins defenseman Alexei Emelin (19) fights for a loose puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2018.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Bruins defenseman Alexey Emelin and the Flyers got the start against each other in a game that had to be postponed because of a series of injuries.
Emelin led the Flyers with five shots, three of which were on goal, but the Bruins held on for a 4-3 win in overtime that moved them into second place in the Eastern Conference and a spot in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Emelin, who was held out of practice Thursday and Friday, was scratched for the game Saturday because of an upper-body injury.
Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said it was a precautionary move and it will not affect the team’s playoff chances.
“He was fine in practice, but we didn’t feel comfortable playing him in the game,” Hakstolo said.
“He was feeling some pain and obviously he had to leave the game.
Philadelphia defenseman Wayne Simmonds (16) makes a save against Boston defenseman Jakub Voracek (17) during the second period of their NHL hockey match on Tuesday, October 12, 1877 at the Boston Garden in Boston.
(Matt Slocka/AP)Simmonds made an immediate impact on the night, finishing with five points on two goals and two assists, while Voracech had three assists for four points.
Philadelphia forward Mike Richards (4) celebrates with goalie Martin Brodeur after scoring a goal against Boston during the third period of a hockey game at TD Garden in Philadelphia on Monday, October 11, 2017.
(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)Boston forward Jonathan Toews (8) and Boston defenseman Kris Versteeg (4), both of whom have played a significant role in their respective teams recent success, were also among the scorers for the Bruins.
Boston forward Daniel Paille (11) also scored his first goal since March 29.
The Flyers scored on four straight goals in the second and third periods, extending their lead to 2-0.
Philadelphia was able to get back in the match, though, when defenseman Ryan White got tangled up with Boston’s Niklas Hjalmarsson in the final minute.
White was eventually stretchered off and out of the game with an upper body injury.
Hakstolo acknowledged the game was a bit of a struggle for both teams.
“I think it was pretty difficult,” Hakstrom said.
It was tough for the guys who were in the lineup tonight.
We had a good night with them, but that’s the way the game is, and they played well.
We got a couple of opportunities to score, and we couldn’t get anything out of it.”
Philadelphia was able keep up with the Bruins throughout the period.
Voraceck scored on a rebound off a power play and Voraceks second goal of the night was a one-timer off a breakaway.
Philadelphia goalie Adam Clendening was the beneficiary of two goals from Voracecks second goal.
The goal was his seventh of the season.
Philadelphia got a second goal from a break, this time from winger Sean Couturier.
The Bruins, who lead the Eastern conference by four points, will travel to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a 3 p.m.
ET rematch of their first game of the series.
The Bruins are hoping for a better showing in Pittsburgh, who they defeated 3-0 in Philadelphia last season.