The Flyers (20-8-3) picked up a win over Montreal Thursday, giving them 43 points heading into Saturday’s game, but the B’s (21-9-1) edged back into a tie and left no question who the dominant team was, scoring four times in the first period.
“You can’t ever plan that – those are some of those fortuitous things that happen to a team sometimes,” Tim Thomas
said. “The important thing was how we reacted to it. We got the 4-0 lead and tried to shut it down for the rest of the night, and we didn’t give an opportunity to a great team, like Philly, to get back into the game.”
Twelve Bruins skaters got on the score sheet, while forward Rich Peverley
led the way with three assists.
While the Bruins unleashed the offensive attack, Thomas saved 31 shots. The veteran goaltender said he was able to keep his emotions in check during the energized contest.
“I was mentally prepared enough for the game that it didn’t really bother me too much,” he said. “I had front row seats for a super heavyweight battle there. Earlier in my career that kind of stuff could get your emotions out of whack so it’s hard to play, but now I’m pretty practiced at it.Benoit Pouliot
scored just 27 seconds into the game to give the Bruins an early lead, but it was the full 60-minute effort that followed that helped put the game away, according to Thomas.
“We had all types of situations – power plays, penalty kills and even strength,” Thomas said. “We scored on the power play and we started out the game with a big goal, which helped put the momentum in our favor. Then, every time there was an opportunity for them to get back in the game, with a penalty or something, we came up big on the penalty kill.”
The Bruins were 3-for-8 on the power play, while they killed six penalties in the shutout.
Although the win for the Bruins was their fourth straight, Head Coach Claude Julien and the team felt that they were lacking the customary work ethic and strong efforts.
But forward Milan Lucic
said he was finally happy with the win.
“Even though we won the last three games, we felt like we didn't really play our game and play the way we wanted to play, so I think we got back to doing a lot of great things here today,” Lucic said. “That's why we were rewarded with the effort that we got.”---Anthony Gulizia