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Bruins 2, Flyers 0

November 27, 1996

BOSTON (AP) _ Eric Lindros’ return became Bill Ranford’s night.

Lindros had his season debut with the Philadelphia spoiled by Ranford, who stopped 34 shots Tuesday night as the Bruins shut out the Flyers 2-0.

Lindros missed Philadelphia’s first 23 games this season with a groin injury, sustained this summer during the World Cup. Lindros centered the Flyers’ No. 1 line and managed three shots on goal, including two in the first period when the Flyers put 14 shots on Ranford.

``I felt fine,″ Lindros said. ``I felt great except for the score. In the second period it felt good. I got hit a few times and hit a few times.″

Lindros seemed to be fully recovered from the injury, playing his typically physical game by delivering several hard checks.

``He was a huge presence out there,″ said Boston center Adam Oates. ``Even though he wasn’t in top notch shape he still made us aware of where he was when he was on the ice.″

``It’s going to take time,″ said Michael Renberg, Lindros’ linemate. ``The timing between the three of us is really not there yet.″

Ranford’s shutout was the Bruins’ first this season and the 13th of the goalie’s career. Ranford’s biggest save came with 2:27 left when he made a sprawling kick save on a shot by Eric Desjardins.

``A shutout is not what’s on top of my mind,″ said Ranford. ``What’s important to me is getting the win.″

The win snapped a three-game winless streak for the Bruins, who stopped all four of Philadelphia’s power-play opportunities.

Adam Oates gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 1:27 of the first period with his ninth goal this season. Sheldon Kennedy, recalled Monday from Providence of the AHL, sent a shot toward the net which hit Oates in the chest and deflected past Flyers goalie Garth Snow.

Kyle McLaren’s second goal of the season at 13:26 of the second period, put the Bruins ahead 2-0.

The loss was the Flyers’ first in their last six road games and snapped a three-game unbeaten streak.

Bruins right win Rick Tocchet, the subject of several trade rumors, was benched for the first time in his 14 years in the league. Tocchet has six goals and seven assists this season.

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