Tim Thomas made 29 saves and picked up his second straight shutout (third of the season) as the Bruins blanked the Senators, 4-0, in Ottawa on Saturday.
David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, Jordan Caron, and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruin, who improved to 6-2-0 on the young season. The team remains undefeated on the road (4-0) and in games started by Thomas (6-0). In starting 6-0, Thomas became the first Bruins goalie since Tiny Thompson 73 years ago to do so.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– With the shutout on Saturday, Tim Thomas is already approaching his career-high for a season. The veteran netminder has had five shutouts in each of the last two seasons and now, just six games into his season, has blanked opponents in half his contests and is two away from getting to five on the season again.
– Patrice Bergeron deserves all the credit in the world for the heads-up play that led to Caron’s goal in the third period. The second-line center blocked a Daniel Alfredsson wrist shot in his own zone, got control of the puck, and sent it to a flying Caron in the neutral zone. The rookie took it there, finishing on the breakaway and picking up his third goal of the season.
– Seguin has now scored in two straight games, and it doesn’t seem to have mch to do with any offensive coming of age. He’s proven to be a threat offensively all season and kept it up Saturday.
The rookie also showcased playmaking skills throughout the night, hitting new lineman Blake Wheeler with a nice pass on a 2-on-1 in the third. Wheeler send the pass right back to Seguin but lacked accuracy, and the play dismantled as the rookie tried to get a skate on it and retain the puck.
– Lucic said before the season that he had set a personal goal for himself. The feat he hoped to achieve? Scoring 20 goals. It’s early, but he’s on pace to more than double that, as he’s got four through eight games. Maybe Lucic should have aimed a bit higher, and maybe for something in the 25-30 range.
– The Bruins power play continues to be the best in the NHL, as they killed off three penalties and surely lowered the 92.3 kill rate with which they entered the game.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– This can’t really be placed on the Bruins, but a reason to rain on the parade nonetheless. The Senators played such an overwhelmingly sloppy game that one shouldn’t get carried away with anything based on this game. Naturally, some of the saves Thomas was able to make can translate into any level of competition, but this wasn’t the Senators’ night.
Krejci’s goal, which came off a turnover in front of the net, and a second-period penalty for too many men on the ice were a couple of examples, though there were plenty more (how about Mike Fisher being in the crease for what would have been a Daniel Alfredsson goal?) As pretty as the scoreboard look, it undoubtedly was a case of the a good Bruins team running into a Senators club that brought messy play to a new level.
– Dennis Seidenberg shed some unnecessary blood late in the game. With 2:07 remaining in the third period of a 4-0 contest, Ottawa forward Chris Neil, who got a roughing penalty on the play, tried mixing it up with the B’s defenseman for a fantastically unnecessary tussle.