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Byron Dafoe recorded his league-leading ninth shutout and Shawn Bates scored to goals on his birthday as the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 to move on the tied seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

Dafoe made 24 saves for the shutout and he is 5-1-3 in his last nine starts. He also became the first Bruin to record nine shutouts since Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk in 1955-56.

"Hearing your name and Terry Sawchuk's in the same breath is pretty powerful stuff," said Dafoe. "It's obviously a great thing for me, growing up reading his book. He's one of the people you look up to."

Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Bruins, who are nine points ahead of Florida and NY Rangers in the playoff race.

"I won't say we've cemented our position in the playoffs," Dafoe said. "But we're certainly a lot closer."

Philadelphia was missing many key players. Captain Eric Lindros suffered a collapsed lung Thursday night and is expected to be out the rest of the regular season.

The Flyers were also playing without John LeClair who has an injured back, Mark Recchi who has post-concussion syndrome and Eric Desjardins, out with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

"The latest word we have from the doctor is that Eric is stabilized," Flyers coach Roger Neilson said. "And with any luck he may be back in time for the playoffs. There is a very good chance LeClair and Recchi will be ready for Monday night."

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