Boston Bruins Blank Ottawa Senators: Thomas Earns Second SO in as Many Games

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Boston Bruins Blank Ottawa Senators: Thomas Earns Second SO in as Many Games
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Tim Thomas setting up for a shot on goal.

The Boston Bruins at the Scotia Bank Centre go up against the Ottawa Senators. Chara once played here at Kanata, Ontario and was a force to be reckoned with.  He is still a force to be reckoned with...just now in a Black and Gold jersey.

 

First Period

David Krejci scored the first goal of the game on the poor clearing attempt.  The puck was being cleared by Chris Phillips and Mike Fisher seemed to instinctively reach for the puck, but it instead deflected directly to Krejci.  Krejci wasted no time snapping it past Brian Elliot. Bruins 1-0.

Shortly after that, the Sens were swarming all over the Boston net but couln't convert.

After all was said in the opening frame, Tim Thomas was busy facing 12 shots, and so far allowed nothing by since the Capitals’ Jason Chimera’s goal at the 9:27 mark in the third period back on October 21.  Elliot faced only six shots but got the wrong end of the stick in the period.

There were a couple of penalties that the Bruins earned which allowed the Sens to jump all over Thomas, but a lot of the chances were on the five-on-five.  Ottawa seemed to have some jump, but the Bruins D were up to the task.  All in all, the Sens played the better period.

 

Second Frame

Fisher nearly tied the game but it went off the crossbar and out of play. 

Daniel Alfredsson put a shot in and the Senators thought they tied it, but the refs waved the goal off as Fisher was in the crease and Thomas came into full contact, preventing him to have free movement in the crease.  Some feel he was pushed in by Chara, but replay shows little contact where Fisher could have gotten out of the crease, and he was not pushed in the crease to begin with.

Tyler Seguin got a power play goal as he raced up the ice toward the net. Mark Recchi put the puck right at Seguin who tipped it in glove side.  2-0 Bruins. 

Milan Lucic was off to the races with a turnover at the Boston blue line and Lucic was all by himself to face Elliot.  Lucic closed in and made it count.  3-0 Bruins.

This period was more balanced in this period this time, but the Sens did have the edge in play.  Because they were behind, they were forced to open up a bit and, being the defensive team that the Bruins are, waiting patiently, playing solid D, and the results paid dividends.

 

Final Frame

Boston did not sit back but they aren't overly aggressive.  At one point, the Sens nearly got a break away, but Krejci stuck the stick out to break up the play.

Jordan Caron was let loose by Patrice Bergeron as he passed to put Caron on the break away as the Sens continued to pinch in to try and get one past Thomas.  Caron made no mistake and he scored one stick side.  Bruins 4-0.

Chris Neil jumped on Dennis Seidenberg with just over two minutes left of the game when a scrum ensued at the Boston net.  Neil got two for fighting and two more for roughing.  There could be an instigator fine involved pending the NHL’s review as they review all altercations in the last minutes of a game that is out of reach.

Boston got the win and and are a perfect 4-0-0 in the road.

Ottawa has a two-game win streak ended and Elliot stopped 21 of 25 shots. The Senators played very well even though the scoreboard did not show it.  Currently, Ottawa is at 4-5-1 in the last 10 games played.

Tim Thomas got his second shutout in a row (third this season) having stopped all 29 shots and not being scored on for just over 130 minutes.  Thomas' career-high season shutout record is five and he has plenty of games to match and surpass that.  This was also his sixth win in as many games and he is looking like the goalie of the 2008-2009 season. Thomas is the first Bruins goalie since Tiny Thompson in the 1937 season to start the season 6-0.

Tuukka Rask has been given a bad rap in his play as both losses have been when he was between the pipes.  Both losses were not solely his fault and in both games, the Bruins were not taking care of the puck like they are capable of.  Hopefully, they can get on the same page and the Bruins will regain that goalie tandem.

 

This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean"

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