Boston at Ottawa

Bruins' Thomas makes 29 saves for third shutout


OTTAWA -- Tim Thomas deflected the praise as easily as almost every shot he's faced his season.

"The effort in front of me was great," Thomas said. "Our 'D' is doing an incredible job blocking shots when needed, clearing rebounds when needed. They're making life easy for me right now."

Thomas made 29 saves for his second straight shutout and third of the season, improving to 6-0 in the Boston Bruins' 4-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Thomas has 20 career NHL shutouts, five against the Senators.

David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic and Jordan Caron scored to help the Bruins raise their record to 6-2-0. Brian Elliott made 21 saves for Ottawa.

"We had our chances early and didn't capitalize," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "We had six or seven good chances in the first period ... those were the momentum breakers. They capitalized on our mistakes. For the most part up to the first 35 minutes I thought we played a real solid game."

On Thursday night in Boston, Thomas beat Toronto 2-0.

Boston opened the scoring early in the first period when Krejci took advantage of an Ottawa turnover. Chris Phillips' attempt to clear the puck caught Mike Fisher's stick, and Krejci caught Elliott off guard.

Ottawa appeared to tie it midway through the second on a goal by Daniel Alfredsson, but it was called back after it was ruled Fisher interfered with Thomas in the crease.

"I don't know if it was a turning point," Thomas said. "I think we would have won anyways in my mind. It was a good call."

The Bruins led 3-0 after two periods.

Seguin, with his third of the season, took a great cross-ice pass from Mark Recchi and caught Elliott moving side-to-side to beat him shortside on the power play at 13:55.

Ottawa looked to be asleep toward the end of the period, surrendering two breakaways in succession. Elliott stopped Nathan Horton's attempt, but Lucic made scored moments later.

"They're a good team, they stuck with their game plan when they got up a couple goals," Clouston said. "We got off ours a little bit and that falls right into their hands."

Caron then scored on a breakaway in the third.

"We played well in the first 10 minutes and then they took control of the last 10," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "The third was our best and everyone contributed."


  • Thomas has allowed only three goals in six games this season.
  • Jason Spezza returned to the Ottawa lineup after missing four games because of a groin injury.
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Tim Thomas collects his fifth shutout against the Senators and rounds to 20 shutouts for his career. (Getty Images)
Tim Thomas collects his fifth shutout against the Senators and rounds to 20 shutouts for his career. (Getty Images)
Boston  (6-2-0) «1214
Ottawa (4-6-1)0000
Three Stars
T. Thomas

Saves: 29
Save Pct.: 1.000
D. Krejci

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Seidenberg

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
04:32 - David Krejci (2), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
13:55Power Play - Tyler Seguin (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Recchi, Seidenberg
18:24 - Milan Lucic (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Krejci, Ference
09:03 - Jordan Caron (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Bergeron
Penalty Summary
10:53Campbell, 2 min, Roughing
12:00Fisher, 2 min, Cross-Checking
17:06Wheeler, 2 min, Slashing
37.0Foligno, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
12:26Smith, 2 min, Tripping
15:54Horton, 2 min, Hooking
17:53Seidenberg, 5 min, Fighting
17:53Neil, 5 min, Fighting
17:53Neil, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Tim Thomas60:00290
Brian Elliott60:00214
Game Information
Attendance - 18959
Referees - Marc Joannette, Chris Lee
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Brian Murphy
Other Games
NYI 1 Final
Phi 6
Pitt 3 Final
Car 0
Fla 3 Final
Mon 1
NYR 2 Final
Tor 0
Nash 2 Final
Det 5
Atl 3 Final
StL 4
Chi 3 Final
Min 1
Buf 0 Final
Dal 4
TB 3 Final
Pho 0
Colu 1 Final
Colo 5
Wash 7 Final
Cal 2
Ana 2 Final
SJ 5
NJ 1 Final
LA 3