Last night in Ottawa, the Bruins continued to ride the hot hand of Tim Thomas. After winning the Vezina in 2008/09, Thomas quietly spent last year struggling with a hip injury that eventually dropped him on the depth chart behind Tuukka Rask.
Going into the season, like every other year when the doubts were on him, Thomas has responded. He’s responded like no Bruin goaltender since Cecil “Tiny” Thompson did in 1937/38 by winning his first six starts. Three of them by shutout and a fourth, if not for a bad giveaway by Thomas, may have happened in the home opener against Washington. He has stopped 182 out of the 185 shots he’s faced for a .980 save percentage.
Realistically, this can’t go on for the whole season can it? I like his regular season game but I have my doubts that he’s a successful long term playoff goalie. His flopping style is unorthodox and I personally am not a huge fan. I don’t like it when the defensemen have to scramble in the zone, seemingly chasing the puck getting themselves out of position.
Other than Dominik Hasek, how many goalies have had this style and have consistent, deep playoff runs? In eleven years as a starter, he went to the Cup Finals twice, winning once in Detroit. He was also a backup in 1992 when the Black Hawks went to the Cup Final.
As a Bruins fan, I want Tim Thomas to have all the success he’s having and more. As someone who’s passionately watched this team since the mid to late 1970′s I don’t expect him to continue this torrid pace. I do have hope that with the threat of Tuukka back there that the “Tank” continues to have the success he’s having.
As far as last night, the Bruins went to Ottawa and left with a convincing 4-0 shut out. It was a perfect night for the B’s with their win, the Sens, Sabres, Leafs and Canadiens all losing.
The Senators played a very good first period. With a break or two, maybe the outcome is different? As Cory Clouston said, “We had our chances early and didn’t capitalize. We had six or seven good chances in the first period … those were the momentum breakers. They capitalized on our mistakes. For the most part up to the first 35 minutes I thought we played a real solid game.”
David Krejci scored the opening goal on a Sens giveaway. Ottawa did score to tie the game but it was immediately wiped out because Mike Fisher was in the crease interfering with Thomas.
Tyler Seguin scored a power play goal and has now scored in consecutive games. Milan Lucic buried one late in the second period to effectively put the game out of reach. The Lucic goal capped a wild minute where the Bruins had consecutive breakaways against Brian Elliot. With the Sens down 2-0 pressing on the power play the Bruins killed the penalty and hit Nathan Horton coming out of the box. Horton had almost too much time on his breakaway where he slowed his skating almost to a stop before shooting. The puck made it back to the Boston end before David Krejci found Lucic barreling in alone on Elliot. Jordan Caron score in the third period on yet another breakaway to complete the scoring for the night.
So the Bruins have played the fewest games
in the league to this point but the schedule maker made up for a restful October with a busy November. They now will be playing fourteen games in twenty eight days starting Wednesday night in Buffalo.
Be sure to check out Mika Oehling’s
Senators view of last nights game.
As always – Go B’s!
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Written by Jim Mulligan