PHILADELPHIA - Call it a win for the Flyers and Boston charities.
Make it one blown opportunity for the Bruins to stand alone atop the Northeast Division.
Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen scored seven seconds apart to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
The Bruins are second in the Eastern Conference and lead the division. But the Bruins and Montreal both have 59 points. New Jersey beat Montreal 3-2 on Tuesday night. With three games left for Boston and two for Montreal, the race for second will come down to the final week.
The Bruins are slumping down the stretch, with one win in their last six games.
"That was definitely a step back in our game," coach Claude Julien said. "Just really poor puck management tonight and poor decision making. To me, that's a reflection of guys not being ready to play. At some point, they've got to take the accountability of being ready."
Wade Redden and David Krejci had goals for the Bruins.
Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek and Simon Gagne also scored and Steve Mason had 39 saves for the Flyers.
The Flyers paid tribute to Boston in the Bruins' first road game since the Boston Marathon bombings. The Flyers showed a message on the video board that read, "From One Tough Town to Another." They also had video images of four blue-yellow ribbons that said, "Boston Strong," on each faceoff circle.
There was a pregame video set to "Carry On" by Fun that included clips of marathon first responders and other rescue personnel.
Flyers fans stood and cheered, and players from both teams banged their sticks against the boards when the pregame tribute ended.
Then Philadelphia pitched in with its wallets. The 50/50 raffle that usually supports Philadelphia charities went to onefundboston.org. The Flyers raised $85,595. Also, the Flyers were set to put their jerseys up for auction at meigray.com, with proceeds also benefiting onefundboston.org.
"I thought that was a very good presentation, and it's unbelievable how the United States comes together with tragedies like this," Read said. "It just shows how strong the United States is, and how closely grouped the Boston area is."
With fans still on their feet from a stirring rendition of "God Bless America," Hartnell kept them there with a goal only 1 minute, 40 seconds into the game.
Later, with the Flyers up 2-1, Read struckwith his 11th goal when he batted in a rebound off Khudobin's kick save with his left skate.
Lauridsen didn't do much to earn his first NHL goal. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara tried to clear the puck deep in the zone but somehow the puck slipped past Khudobin and into the net.
Khudobin slammed his stick against the post in anger and was yanked for Tuukka Rask.
Lauridsen sure wasn't complaining about the goal.
"Why would I be (upset)? I just scored a goal," he said. "In 20 years, or a week from now, no one is going to ask me how that went in."
Notes: The ECHL's Trenton Titans ceased operations and the team will not compete in the 2013-2014 season. The Titans were a Flyers affiliate.