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Tim Thomas gets fifth shutout as Bruins beat Flyers

12.01.10 at 9:30 pm ET
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It didn’t advance them to the Eastern Conference finals, but the Bruins beat the Flyers, 3-0, in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin had goals in the first period, while Milan Lucic added an empty-netter to put the nail in the coffin. Tim Thomas turned in 41 saves for his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.

The Bruins won in a rather flashy manner, receiving sprawling saves from Thomas and Tyler Seguin’s latest eye-candy goal, a top-shelf tally on Flyers’ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Thomas also stopped Flyers winger Scott Hartnell on a penalty shot in the second period.

With five shutouts, Thomas tied his career high, which he had reached in each of the last two seasons.

The Bruins will return to TD Garden on Thursday night, where they will face Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Bergeron’s goal marked the first time in five games that the Bruins have scored the first goal of the game. The team remains undefeated when scoring the first goal, and in the last four games, the team had been 1-3-1.

- Claude Julien said following the home opener on Oct. 21 that Tim Thomas had played so well that the only way he could have allowed a goal was if he caused it himself.

It was rather apparent early on in the second period Wednesday that Thomas was having that type of night once again. The 36-year-old stood on his head, making seemingly-impossible saves and recovering well when caught out of position. Unlike that home opener, where Thomas did pass a puck to Jason Chimera for the Capitals’ lone goal, there wasn’t a single error on Thomas’ part in his fifth shutout of the season.

- The special teams had a better statistical night after their recent slumps. The Bruins were 1-for-2 on the power play and stopped the Flyers on all four of their power plays.

The B’s penalty kill had allowed goals on four of their opponents’ last sic power plays entering the game.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins took a positive step with a win over one of the best teams in the league, but the slump continued for Nathan Horton. The winger has now gone eight games without a goal and has no points in his last six games.

The posts also continued to haunt Horton, as a third-period opportunity rang off the post of Bobrovsky.

- Here’s a case of sneaking a “what went right” into the “what went wrong” area: David Krejci was all over the place but had nothing to show for it until his assist on Lucic’s empty-netter. The center tied Blake Wheeler for the most shots among Bruins forwards, including an impressive between-the-legs bid in the second period.

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