Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
made a season high 43 saves in Tuesday night’s 3-2 Boston win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
|Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) celebrates with Steve Kampfer (47) and Johnny Boychuk following the Bruins' 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) |
Thomas, who is now 22-4-6, kept the Bruins in a penalty infused game, which saw 11 power play opportunities and three man-advantage goals between the two teams.
“For six minutes of the first 11 in the second period we just killed penalties,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game. "So, when you do that, you kind of give the other team a lot of momentum.
"So we really struggled through that second period."
Boston was out-shot 19-9 in the second period, but Thomas, who leads the league in goals against average (1.83), save percentage (.945) and shutouts (7), stifled each of the Hurricanes attempts and kept the score even at one a piece heading into the second intermission.
“Well we started off with my penalty so obviously I had to try really hard to kill that one off,” said Thomas post-game of the late first period roughing call that put Boston on the PK to start the second stanza.
“And then we got a couple more penalties, probably because their legs were fresher than ours. That was why we were getting the penalties, because they were faster than us for a while.
“You know we battled really hard to get through that, as I said between periods, we dodged a bullet there and we had to find a way to win it there in the third period and we did," he said.
Tuesday’s win was the second in as many days against Carolina, and was a true character test for the Black & Gold.
Boston knew the Hurricanes were going to come out hard after Monday night’s 7-0 loss in TD Garden.
“You know it’s going to be a tough game, but at the end of the night you’re coming away with the hockey game and that’s what matters, “ Julien told NESN.