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Bruins ask more of Kevan Miller, and he delivers

Kevan Miller played a career-high 26:42 in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

PHILADELPHIA — Kevan Miller was playing in just his third game back from a broken hand.

Zdeno Chara’s absence and John-Michael Liles’s first-period exit, however, required Miller to play a career-high 26 minutes 42 seconds in the Bruins’ 4-1 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. A good chunk of Miller’s play took place on his weak side because of the unavailability of Chara and Liles, both left-shot defensemen.

It’s probably why Miller, who averaged 19:03 per game last year, could feel the extra shifts after the win.

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