Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
recorded his seventh shutout of the season yesterday afternoon in the B's 7-0 defeat of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Thomas stopped 31 Carolina shots to cement his 24th career shutout.
“Timmy’s good. I mean, he made the saves when he had to and he had some saves to make,” Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game. “I think our team played well in front of him and for the most part, I think we took care of most of the dangerous scoring chances and took those away as best we could.
“But you still got to be there and you still got to make those saves and it was good. That’s what we’ve seen from Timmy all year,” he said.
Thomas agreed with Julien and gave much of the credit to his teammates for quickly scoring after he made a strong save.
“Well, it feels great. A lot of times you don’t even notice it when it happens. You usually notice it if you happen to give up one the other way, if your team doesn’t score,” Thomas said.
“But those are momentum changers right there. Either momentum changers or help us to keep the momentum and not let them get the momentum. And I think that’s what happened [Monday].”
Thomas and the Black & Gold defense faced a tough test yesterday going up against Carolina’s top scorers in Eric Staal and Erik Cole.
“Yeah, there were a few shots, and the first one when it was 0-0…when [Eric] Staal kind of does his spin-a-rama shot -- it’s tough cause you don’t know where it’s going -- and there were a couple [other good ones], but realistically we played real good,” Thomas said of the Canes captain whose 46 points are good for 11th in the league.
Thomas again gave credit to Boston’s defensive unit when asked how the Bruins were able to keep Cole (12-13-25 totals) from getting to the net.
“Well the 'D' didn’t let him, right? We played good D, and we never let him really get started for any long period of pressure, even on the power plays. We did a really good job of not giving him grade-A scoring chances and getting it down the ice,” Thomas said.
“We just did our jobs and did good and didn’t let them get it started.”
Thomas has been solid for the Bruins all season and leads the NHL in goals against average (1.82), save percentage (.944) and shutouts (7).---Hannah Becker