Tim Thomas Just Keeps Getting Better And Better

Boston Bruins 1 Montreal Canadiens 0

Tim Thomas just keeps getting better and better and probably wishes the Habs were his opponent everynight

After tonight’s one goal, the lone goal, victory against the Habs the Boston Bruins have won nine in a row.  How did they win the game?  It was very simple:  the coaching staff decided to start Tim Thomas in nets.  Thomas did the rest.

The Bruins only managed eighteen shots on Carey Price.  Price didn’t have to play spectacular but he did come up with a few big saves.  The only one he let by was one by Andrew Ference in the first period.  Yes the same Ference who will always be remembered for giving Montreal the one finger salute in last year’s playoff series. 

The Habs peppered Thomas with 31 shots.  Thomas was up to the task and routinely made big save after big save.  The Bruins only had one power play but they gave the Habs three huge power play chances.  One punch Benoit Pouliot decided to give the home team six minutes of power play time in the second.  Rich Peverly took the only other penalty with less than two minutes remaining in the game.  It wasn’t that the Canadiens didn’t have their chances:  they did.  It was strictly the play of Thomas.  Coaches and good teams will always tell you that sometimes you need your goaltender to steal one.  Tonight Thomas stole one.

The Bruins have used this unbeaten run to leap frog the Canadiens and now sit in third place in the conference standings.  The Habs on the other hand are still winning one and losing one and sit outside of the top eight.  Fans will say that the team is staying afloat even with all the injuries but staying afloat in this new NHL means losing ground every day. 

Thomas was the answer tonight and even made one last save with less than a second left.  The Habs arguably played better than the Bruins.  The coaching staff can be happy with the play of the young defensive core of Alexei Emelin, Raphael Diaz, Yannick Weber and Frederick St. Denis.  Josh Gorges has been his consistent self while P.K. Subban is relishing and flourishing with his increased ice time.  Somehow Scott Gomez played more than Erik Cole.  I thought we had solved that problem.  Let’s just chalk this game up to a simple statement:  the better goaltender won.

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George Prax's picture

While Thomas deserves most of the credit for the Bruins win last night, let's not get hasty here. Thomas is like 11-15 career against the Habs, he had one great game against them. Habs played well and just couldn't bury the puck (story of the season...)