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First period, Bruins at Flyers

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  February 4, 2009 07:46 PM

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The Bruins roll out the same lineup and same lines and defensive pairings that they used in Montreal on Sunday for a 3-1 win over the Habs.

The Flyers, hit by a widespread virus of late, are without key contributors Mike Richards, Braydon Coburn and Scott Upshall.

Tim Thomas, as expected, is back in the Boston net, opposed by Martin Biron in the Philly cage.

2:00 -- First good Flyer chance of the night, a Jeff Carter wrister from the right circle that Thomas easily snuffs out.

4:21 -- Sensational stop by Thomas after he allows a fat rebound into the left circle. Carter, with a wide-open net as target, snaps a shot for the middle of the net but the alert Thomas cuts off with his paddle and cradles it to his belly before dropping in the crease to stop the clock. Thomas just barely stops from carrying the puck over the goal line. Carter's shot is set up by a Keith Jones shot that Thomas sent over Carter's way in the faceoff circle.

7:47 -- Ex-Bruin Mike Knuble caught for tripping. The Bruins, 0 for 12 on the power play the last three games, don't put a puck by Biron. The only decent attempt is a close-in shot by Chara late on the advantage.

14:09 -- David Krejci shovels a short-ranger that Biron cuts down near the right post. Flyers with a 10-5 shot advantage thus far.

20:00 -- Still 0-0 on the scoreboard. Flyers

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