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Zdeno Chara made his return to the Bruins line up today as the Bruins took down the Flyers 6-0 in Philadelphia.
The Bruins had a great start to the game when Benoit Pouliot re-directed a nice pass from Rich Peverley 27 seconds into the game. Zdeno Chara made sure his return was noticed when he dropped the gloves two and a half minutes into the game. Daniel Paille scored off of a rebound at 2:50 of the first forcing Philadelphia to use a time out.
Zdeno Chara added a power play goal at 8:08 of the first. Milan Lucic added another power play goal at 17:10 on a five on three advantage. Johnny Boychuck stepped up and dropped the gloves when Scott Hartnell took a run at Brad Marchand.
Philadelphia opened the second period with a good shift but couldn’t break through. Nathan Horton put home a power play goal off of a rebound at 7:06 of the second period. Chara took the shot giving him the Gordie Howe hat trick. The Flyers changed goalies after the fifth Boston goal. Milan Lucic made a big hit on a Flyer player that led to Nathan Horton dropping the gloves. Lucic received a game misconduct for the hit.
Tyler Seguin and Shawn Thornton traded right-wing spots for most of the game, maybe a message being sent from the coach to Seguin. Seguin scored at 12:12 of the third, and from then on was back with his normal line for the goal. That was the final goal of the game for Boston making it 6-0.
Thomas once again was on top of his game, a Flyer player landed on his right arm early on in the game but Thomas was ok. His style of play really helped him in today’s game with skaters crashing the net left and right and Thomas flopping around in the blue paint. Thomas recorded his 30th career shut out today on 31 saves. Thomas is on pace to have better numbers this season than he did last season for which he took home some hardware.
The Bruins had a great day with the man advantage gping 3-8 on the power play. If this team can get the power play going on a regular basis they will be the best team in the league. The penalty kill was even more impressive holding Philadelphia to an 0-6 showing on the man advantage.