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Bruins smother Habs for ninth win in a row

Nov 21, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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On a normal NHL night, the Boston Bruins would be the talk of the town. They took a backseat to a certain hockey icon this Monday night – Versus swapped its coverage from their game against the Montreal Canadiens – but the Bruins did something almost as impressive as Sidney Crosby‘s comeback.

The B’s rolled into Montreal and managed to grind out a 1-0 victory, their ninth consecutive win. Amazingly, it took that much for them just to move into a tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres for the Northeast Division lead at 24 points.

(Technically, Boston is in first place because they have a game in hand on Buffalo and two on Toronto, but it shows that the Bruins cannot rest on their laurels.)

Thomas wasn’t all that bad in the beginning of the season – scoring was a bigger problem than anything else – but he’s on fire again now. The Bruins netminder is on a two-game shutout streak and produced three goose eggs in six starts during that nine-game run.

The most impressive number is the Bruins’ goal differential, though; their +26 margin is far and away the best of any team in the NHL. (The Pittsburgh Penguins are behind them with +15.) It’s still a small sample, but that’s an indicator that they’re dominating again.

So, yes, the Bruins aren’t getting the headlines today, but the defending champions are rampaging through the league like a big, angry bear right now. They’re winning games by shutting teams down and blowing them out, which might help them steal the spotlight from glamor teams when the games matter the most … again.

  1. 8man - Nov 21, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Claude’s idea of getting Rask more starts so Thomas is fresher is paying dividends. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad is showing some pride and intensity. It’s only late November, but that sluggish start is all but washed away.

    Great game. The Habs brought it. They were physical and got the shots. Thomas just had a great night.

  2. govtminion - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    It’s fun to watch what the B’s are doing. They’re winning the wild scoring-race games, they’re winning the low-scoring slugfests… I guess the hangover talk can be put to bed once and for all. I’m sure I’ll get plenty of argument, but… looking around the East, I see teams that can challenge them in seven games like Pittsburgh and Philly, but I can’t see any reason why the B’s can’t repeat if they keep playing like this.

    Looking forward to Buffalo tomorrow night- that should be a hell of a game for both teams.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      I can see it going either way between the B’s and the Pens right now, but I figure they’d edge out Philly with Bryz being a lot like Roloson – when he’s good, he’s great, but when he’s not… hoy. Oh well. Guess I should let the postseason do the talking, right? Man, I really hope we get to see Bruins/Pens this year. That would be legendary.

  3. nhlbruins90 - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    That was a playoff-worthy performance by Thomas. And it’s only November.

    • nhmac - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Well, according to Thomas’ helmet, it’s actually MOvember.

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