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When you’re winning, everyone contributes. The same has held true for the Bruins over the last 15 games, over which the Bruins have an amazing 14-0-1 record, with the latest triumph coming Monday night over the East-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
For many of the team’s wins through the points streak, the B’s have received big efforts from their offense, with a handful of recent five- or six-goal games. Monday night, though, the NHL’s First Star in November, Tim Thomas, was outstanding. He finished with 45 saves.
The Penguins had also been on a bit of a streak with a 5-1-1 mark since All-Star Sidney Crosby’s return from a severe concussion. Crosby, who has 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) since his return, was held scoreless by the Bruins.
“(Thomas) made some good saves,” Crosby said. “We didn’t make it as difficult as we would have liked, but he certainly made some saves when he needed to.”
Offensively, the B’s picked up goals when they needed them. Gregory Campbell and Benoit Pouliot scored early in the second period, while Tyler Seguin added his team-leading 13th goal in the third while on the power play.
The B’s killed all four of the Penguins’ power plays, including two 5-on-3 situations.
Bruins nemesis Matt Cooke scored the only goal for Pittsburgh halfway through the third period. Marc-Andre Fluery finished with 24 saves.
Next up for the B’s is a trip Tuesday night to Winnipeg.