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First period

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  March 31, 2009 07:44 PM

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Manny Fernandez makes the start in the Boston net--his second in the last three games. Coach Claude Julien wants both his 'tenders, Fernandez and Tim Thomas, in good working order for the playoffs.

With Shawn Thornton a late scratch because of an undisclosed injury, Byron Bitz makes his way back into the lineup, playing on a checking line with Stephane Yelle and Steve Montador.

3:56 -- Penalty -- Brandon Bochenski, high sticking, 2:00.

8:25 -- Tampa goalie Mike McKenna turns back Mark Stuart's quick shot in slot off of a David Krejci feed.

8:43 -- Zdeno Chara and Evgeny Artyhukin engage in heavweight bout in front of Bruins bench, the two big men exchanging thunderous punches. Each are assessed 5:00 fighting majors. Big Z gets an extra 2:00 for roughing. Vincent Lecavalier also gets 2:00 for hooking. Big Z moved in for the fight after Artyhukin, drilled by a Milan Lucic check, gave David Krejci a quick pop to the head.

13:37 -- Chuck Kobasew knocks in what looks like a 1-0 Boston lead, but the play is ruled offside, nullifying the goal.

14:03 -- Blake Wheeler knocks in the 20th goal of his rookie season for a 1-0 Boston lead. Marc Savard popped a shot on net at the right post, following a Matt Hunwick dump-in, and Wheeler followed up with a quick backhand that banked in off goalie Mike McKenna.

17:53 -- Penalty -- Milan Lucic, interference, 2:00.

18:27 -- Penalty -- Aaron Ward, high-sticking, 2:00.

End 20:00 -- Boston 1, Tampa Bay 0; Shots-- Boston 10, Tampa 4.

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