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So this is the Bruins team we were all waiting for. 10 games ago, the Bruins were on the outside the playoff picture looking in, and were shredded apart with injuries. Today, they’re still shred apart with injuries (Milan Lucic is now out for a month, and Tim Thomas is day-to-day). But, they now sit in first place in the Northeast Division after a 4-3, shootout win over the Senators.
Michael Ryder banged in the only goal in the shootout, and Tim Thomas held off a final attempt by Ottowa’s Mike FIsher to preserve Boston’s 4-3 win, their fifth in the last six games (5-0-1).
After the first period, however, the Bruins win streak appeared in jeopardy. The Sens raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes on goals by Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek. Tim Thomas was understandably rusty between the pipes for the B’s, allowing those two goals on just five shots.
Claude Julien must’ve said something in the locker room between periods, as the Bruins scored just a minute into the second period, as David Krejci knocked in his third goal of the year. just nine minutes later, Michael Ryder notched his seventh goal of the season, giving the Bruins two power play goals in the period. Part of their recent resurgence is their dramatic improvement on the power play.
Dennis Wideman c0nverted another power play opportunity in the third period, giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead. With less than a minute to go, Michalek scored his second goal of the game to tie it at 3, and ultimately send it to overtime.
After a scoreless overtime period, Tim Thomas turned away all shootout attempts to help the Bruins earn yet another victory. In all, Thomas put forth a solid effort, as he allowed three goals on 22 shots in regulation and overtime. He really got better after the first period, so that’s a good sign he shook off the rust a bit.
The Bruins next play on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.