The Boston Bruins lit every lamp on Legends Way last night as they outscored the Ottawa Senators 6-0 to give goaltender Tim Thomas
(28 saves) his 6th shutout of the season.
|Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, top, congratulates goalie Tim Thomas after the Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 6-0 in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Bergeron had a hat trick.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
Boston scored early and never looked back as forward Patrice Bergeron
’s three goals -- his first NHL hat trick -- led the B's offensive charge.
“It’s a big night for him and he’s been playing unbelievable hockey for us,” Bruin’s forward Blake Wheeler said. “He’s really stepped his game up here...when we’ve needed it the most to kind of get us back on track, and he’s a leader on our team.
“So it’s a lot of fun to watch him...and when you’re out there with him, you feel like something good is going to happen,” added Wheeler, who tipped in the B’s second goal of the night and his 10th of the season mid-way through the first period.
The Bruins have ridden an offensive wave since their third period comeback against the Penguins on Monday night and have now scored 10 consecutive unanswered goals.
“As a team I think we played the full 60," Bruins rookie forward Tyler Seguin
said. "We were consistent.
"We won all the battles and did all the little things we wanted to do and everyone is happy with that,”
Seguin was one of four Bruins to post a multiple point game, with his ninth career assist and seventh career goal tonight for 1-1-2 totals.
In addition to Bergeron and Seguin, Brad Marchand
and David Krejci
also had multiple point games.
In contrast to the team's breakdown in Montreal last Saturday, and as the B’s held on to a big lead, they were still able to keep the energy going throughout the entire sixty minutes.
“It’s important that you keep your team focused and not get loosey-goosey," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said. "[It was good] for the goaltender to get a bit of a cushion and some breathing room and for the coach certainly it takes some of the stress off the impact of every decision you make,”
The B's will look to remain on the offensive prowl while keeping their focus and grit when they take on the conference leading Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. ---Hannah Becker