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Added March 28th, 2011 by Chalk

Bruins Top Flyers, Clinch Playoffs
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On Sunday night, the visiting Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, to become the fifth NHL team to clinch a playoff spot. The Bruins, who last year were eliminated by the Flyers in the playoffs despite taking a 3-0 lead, finished the regular season 3-0-1 against Philadelphia thanks to two power play goals and more stellar goaltending from Tim Thomas.

Thomas stopped 27 of 28 Flyers shots in the game. The Bruins tied the game 1-1 in the second period when Nathan Horton scored just four seconds into a power play. On another power play with 3:43 left in the game, Brad Marchand put away a rebound for his 20th goal of the season and the game-winner. It was Marchand’s first goal in over a month.

The loss was Philadelphia’s first in regulation in 10 games. The Flyers still have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but are now just two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. The Bruins are in first place in their division, seven points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens.

Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros said his team just lost their mojo after the opening 20 minutes. “The first period, we felt pretty good,” the defenseman said. “We had some passion and some energy. After that, it just disappeared for some reason. They did everything better than us.

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