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In a bit of a skid (losers of two straight overall and three straight at home), the Bruins needed to win on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils, even though it is just November.
“I personally approached it as a must-win, and I think the team did, too,” Tim Thomas said. “We needed to get back on track. We needed to show some urgency.”
Timmy knew the stakes, and he showed up as he has all season. Thomas finished with 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win. Thomas improved to a ridiculous 9-1-0 as he continues to have an amazing bounceback season.
The Bruins spread out their scoring over the three periods, with Michael Ryder lighting the lamp on the power play for his fifth goal this season.
Less than a minute into the second period, Nathan Horton added his eighth goal to give the B’s a 2-0 lead. The Bruins capped the scoring 45 seconds into the third period, with Blake Wheeler doing the honors for his third goal of the campaign.
Martin Brodeur allowed all three goals to fall to 4-9-1 in a disappointing season for New Jersey. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer is being wasted on a team that has trouble scoring goals, as NJ has been shut out in three of their last six games.
Speaking of stats, the stats speak for themselves with the Bruins. The B’s need to score first, and if they do so, they are 7-0. In all other games, they are 2-5-1. ‘Nuff said.
“We realized the importance of the start, and I thought we really did a good job establishing that,” captain Zdeno Chara said.
The Bruins will look to score first next on Wednesday against the Rangers. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk could return in that game.