Losing creates desperation, but a team needs more than desperation to turn things around. The Bruins swung the right balance between desperation and determination Saturday as they turned in a much stronger effort and broke their four-game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers. 

According to a report from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Bruins and forward Shawn Thornton have agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.1 million a year. Thornton was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

The 34-year-old Thornton has been with the Bruins since the 2007-08 season and has four goals and eight assists for 12 points on the season. He had a career year last season, registering 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. 

Thornton is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning with the Ducks in 2006-07 and Bruins last season. 

Tim Thomas stopped Danny Briere while David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron all scored in the shootout to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Flyers in a thrilling St. Patrick's Day matinee at TD Garden. The Bruins gained two points and have 85 on the season, putting them momentarily a point ahead of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead. 

The slumping Bruins fell to seventh place in the Eastern Conference as the Senators defeated the Canadiens in overtime Friday in Ottawa. 

The Senators now lead the Northeast Division with 84 points, though they have played 72 games to the Bruins' 70. The B's, who currently have 83 points on the season, will have a chance to move back into first in the division Saturday with a win over the Flyers. 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Rich Peverley skated for the third straight day Friday at Ristuccia Arena. The veteran winger then spoke to the media for the first time since suffering his knee injury last month. 

Peverley has been out since Feb. 15, when a knee-on-knee hit from then-Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill left him with a sprained MCL in his right knee. 

"I feel pretty good," he said. "I've been skating for a couple of days, and it's getting better every day." 

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins held and hour-long practice Friday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena, less than 24 hours prior to Saturday's 1 p.m. matinee against the Flyers. 

Having lost four consecutive games for the first time in over two years, the B's could be bumped out of first place in the Northeast Division by the Senators Friday and fall into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, joining guest hosts Dale Arnold and Chris Mannix. The Bruins dropped their fourth straight game Thursday night, a 6-2 loss to the Panthers.

"It's obviously extremely frustrating for us, too," Ference said. "Trying to put our finger on exactly what's going on has been a bit of a challenge."

The problems appear to be so widespread among the team that it's difficult to prioritize the issues.

When the Bruins fall into seventh place in the Eastern conference (it should happen sometime around 9:30 p.m. Friday as long as the Senators can win a home game against the cellar-dwelling Canadiens), the collapse of the 2011-12 Bruins will reach a new low. 


The Bruins set the table for the Senators to knock them into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, falling to the Panthers, 6-2, Thursday in Sunrise, Fla. 

The B's have now lost four straight games, which makes for their longest losing streak of the season. Their lead in the Northeast Division is down to one point, and the Senators will have a chance to leapfrog the Bruins when they host the last-place Canadiens Friday. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Florida Thursday that forward Rich Peverley, who has been out since Feb. 15 with an MCL sprain, returned to the ice Wednesday in Boston for the first time since suffering his injury.

Peverley was expected to miss 4-6 weeks at the time of the injury. In 49 games this season, he has nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points.

Julien also said that Tim Thomas will be the starting goaltender Thursday vs. the Panthers. Thomas has played in 10 consecutive games, but has played 20 minutes or less in each of the last two Bruins contests.