8 Is Great: Boston Bruins Win 8th Straight as Tim Thomas Earns Shutout

Cory Ducey@@duceycoAnalyst IIINovember 20, 2011

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Players line up to congratulate Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins folowing his 6-0 shut out against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins start their three-game road trip on a solid note in Long Island, New York, to take on the Islanders for the second time this season.

When these two last met, the Bruins thumped them in Boston with a 6-2 win.

Five games later, the Bruins thumped them again, 6-0, earning Tim Thomas his second shut-out of the season.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring in the first period.  Tyler Seguin went full-tilt up the ice and made a backhanded pass to a charging Bergeron who buried it in the net past Rick DiPietro.

Later in the frame, DiPietro tried to clear the puck up the middle but it was intercepted by Nathan Horton, who ripped it at the net and beat the Islander netminder to make it 2-0, Bruins.

With a minute and 15 seconds left in the opening period, Benoit Pouliot had the puck poke-checked away by Islander Travis Hamonic.  The only problem for the Islanders was that it ended up going right to a well-positioned Chris Kelly, who blasted it past DiPietro, making it 3-0, Bruins.

In the Second Period, Anders Nilsson was placed in the Islanders' net after the Bruins beat DiPietro on three of only 13 shots on the net.  Nilsson kept the score sheet clean for the middle frame.

It took 29 minutes and 35 seconds to finally get another in the Islanders' net by a very late power play goal (officially, the power play was over, but the puck was clearly scored with a second left of the man advantage).

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 19:  Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders at 18:45 of the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Benne
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Andrew Ference got a point-to-point pass from Joe Corvo.  Ference ripped a shot that counted to give him his first goal of the season and the Bruins their fourth of the night to make it 4-0 B's.

About two-and-a-half minutes later, Boston was at it again.  Kelly passed to Milan Lucic, Lucic made a one-handed backhand pass to Kelly.  Kelly stickhandled and tried a back hand. Nilsson denied Kelly, but he was down and out and the puck slid right back onto Kelly's stick.  Kelly didn't make a second mistake and he popped it in up high to make it 5-0 Bruins.

With one minute and 45 seconds left in the game, Islander John Tavares gave up a turnover coming out of the Islander zone to Boston's Zdeno Chara.  Chara passed to Greg Campbell, then to Brad Marchand.  Marchand passed to Chara who lifted a wrist shot past Nilsson's right side to finish up the scoring.

The Bruins outscored the Islanders 12-2 in two games so far this season.

"Movember" has been very good for the Bruins, winning all eight games to date.

So far, the Bruins have outscored their opponents 42-14 for a 3:1 ratio.  All that matter to the Bruins is the  number adding in the win column, but having those offensive numbers certainly contribute to that number.

Next up, the Bruins are shipping up to Montreal to take on the Canadiens and these guys seem to have the Bruins' number when it comes to the regular season.  Already the Habs have defeated the B's in their last two meetings of the the season thus far.

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins scores a third period goal against Anders Nilsson #45 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins defeated the
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The Bruins hope to show the Montreal squad that the wins were during the slow start and this is a team with more jump in their step now. The Bruins would like to add them to their win streak.

The Habs are wanting to notch another win against their Original Six rivals and to end the Bruins' win streak at eight.

This will be Chara's first match up with Max Pacioretty since the devastating hit that left Pacioretty on the ice with a concussion and a broken vertebrae.

The charges were dropped on Chara by the Quebec Police and Crown, but the Montreal Faithful will be sure to rain down the boos on Chara whenever he touches the puck.

But then again...they have been doing that for years...

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

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