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All they want for Chirstmas is to find their scoring touch again. The Boston Bruins continued to struggle scoring goals Monday night against the Anaheim Ducks as the Ducks earned the 3-0 shutout victory in Boston. It’s not like Boston didn’t have a chance to score; it just so happens that all 45 of their shots-on-goal were stopped. Michael Ryder had seven of those 45 shots-on-goal. Can’t win if you can’t score. I’ve always said that.
The Bruins have struggled recently as they are 1-3-1 in their past five games. The loss brings them to 17-11-4 on the year, good for 38 points and eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Ducks, on the other hand, improved to 18-15-4. Anaheim is currently sitting in sixth in the Western Conference with 40 points.
Tim Thomas started in goal for the Bruins and didn’t have the best game, but also didn’t have a bad game either. He stopped 22-of-25 shots-on-goal but received his fourth loss of the season, bringing his record to 15-4-3. It was his sixth time of the season in which he has let up three or more goals in a game.
For the Ducks, Jonas Hiller was very impressive as he stopped all 45 shots that he saw. Hiller has been rather up and down on the season, but his record now stands at 16-12-3. Monday’s shutout was the eighth of his career.
Up next the Bruins will take on the Atlanta Thrashers, who are coming off a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Thrashers are in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-11-5 (43 points). Atlanta is 6-2-2 in their past ten games.