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Thomas a difference-maker in net for Bruins

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tim Thomas was invisible in last year's playoffs, never called on to stop a Flyers' comeback that knocked Boston out of the conference semifinals.

Only an injury could keep Thomas out of Boston's net this postseason.

Thomas rebounded from offseason hip surgery and won 35 games, had nine shutouts and earned a spot on the short list of Vezina Trophy candidates.

He's played every minute of Boston's postseason run - an envious stat for a Flyers team that has used net roulette throughout the playoffs.

Game 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.

Thomas had 31 saves in Boston's 7-3 Game 1 win over Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals and gives the Bruins the durability and stability in the net needed to make a deep postseason run.

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