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Thomas Shutout No. 9 as Bruins Beat Blackhawks
BOSTON (AP) -- Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots for his ninth shutout of the season, and Mark Recchi moved into 12th on the NHL's career points list last night as the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0.

Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk scored 2 minutes, 20 seconds apart in the second period to break a scoreless tie, and Recchi assisted on the second goal to give him 1,532 points _ one more than Paul Coffey. Nathan Horton made it 3-0 in the third.

It was the 25th shutout of Thomas' career, and his second in three games. He has allowed just two goals in four games to drop his league-leading goals-against average to 1.96.

Corey Crawford made 31 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who had won three of four but remained three points ahead of idle Calgary for eighth place in the Western Conference.

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