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Bruins Keep Rolling, Slaughter Senators 4-0

Tyler Seguin gets props after putting the Bruins ahead 2-0. (Andre Ringuette / Getty Images)

This crop of Bruins is special, and they once again rallied behind Tim Thomas Saturday to take down the Ottawa Senators 4-0. And it didn’t take long to begin the delightful process of ripping the collective hearts out of everyone in Ottawa. The Senators did make a good save point-blank 3:28 in, but whatever. David Krejci took a turnover in front of the net and easily flipped a slap shot in unassisted 1:04 later. 1-0 Bruins.

Ottawa attempted to respond, but couldn’t quite get past Thomas, who stopped a flurry of opportunities in the 6th minute. More life arose for Ottawa after a Blake Wheeler slashing call at 17:06. Within a 30 second span shortly thereafter, Thomas stopped four quick shots.

Then, life kept sticking it to the Senators. They dinged a shot off the post at 6:26 in the 2nd, and finally scored at 7:27. Or so they thought, but the goal was immediately disallowed for a player in the crease preventing Thomas from attempting a save.

In response, Boston kept their patient defense on, and waited until the time was right for another attack. A power play is a good time to do that, so after Zack Smith was called for tripping, the Bruins sprinted down the rink with the puck, and amongst a crowd of players, Mark Recchi threaded the puck to Tyler Seguin, who followed that up with the tip-in, perfectly placed. 2-0 Bruins.

Nathan Horton had a great shot to make it 3-0 during a 1-on-0, but Brian Elliot made the save. Whatever. Lucic just went ahead and converted at 18:24 in the 2nd, moments later. 3-0 Bruins. Seguin, while he was at it, almost added another goal during a rush just past 7:00 into the 3rd.

Seguin didn’t get it done in that moment, but at 9:03, Jordan Caron sure did, on a disheartening (to Ottawa fans, at least) wrist shot. 4-0 Bruins. You could feel the energy leave the arena continuously throughout the night, but that was the definitive nail in the coffin and football in the groin for the Senators. All the remaining fans could do to pass the time was break into the Candiens’ “Ole Ole Ole” chant for a spell.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game

Down 4-0, and with 2:07 left, Ottawa was frustrated. Chris Neil provoked Dennis Seidenberg, and threw a few punches before the refs intervened. It wasn’t much, but that was it for fisticuffs on the night.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
04:32 BOS David Krejci (2) Slap Shot – Assists: none
2nd Period
13:55 BOS PPG – Tyler Seguin (3) Tip-In – Assists: Mark Recchi (5) & D. Seidenberg (4)
18:24 BOS Milan Lucic (4) Wrist Shot – Assists: David Krejci (7) & Andrew Ference (1)
3rd Period
09:03 BOS Jordan Caron (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: Patrice Bergeron (3)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
10:53 BOS Gregory Campbell: Roughing – 2 min
12:00 OTT Mike Fisher: Cross checking – 2 min
17:06 BOS Blake Wheeler: Slashing – 2 min
2nd Period
00:37 OTT Nick Foligno: Too many men/ice – bench – 2 min
12:26 OTT Zack Smith: Tripping – 2 min
15:54 BOS Nathan Horton: Hooking – 2 min
3rd Period
17:53 BOS Dennis Seidenberg: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
17:53 OTT Chris Neil: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
17:53 OTT Chris Neil served by Nick Foligno: Roughing – 2 min

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 6 12 7 25
OTT 12 12 5 29

Goalies

Goalie Save Total Time On Ice
BOS Tim Thomas 29/29 60:00
OTT Brian Elliot 21/25 60:00

Game Notes

  • Boston’s power play was 1/4; Ottawa’s was 0/3.
  • Boston’s penalty kill is #1 in the league (93.1%); their power play is #9 (21.9%).
  • Tim Thomas is 6-0-0, the first time in 73 years a Bruins goalie has done that.
  • Thomas’ scoreless streak is at 130 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • That’s his third shutout on the year, second in a row, and 20th ever with the Bruins.
  • His save percentage is .984 and his goals against average is .50, both best in the league. Tuukka Rask is at .894 and 3.53, respectively.

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