Seven goals and Tim Thomas
’ 25th career shutout later, the Boston Bruins proved why they are the Northeast Division leaders as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 7-0 tonight in TD Garden.
|Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton (18) sends the puck past Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday, March 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
Five different Bruins scored in the emotional battle set on what was, for tonight, the NHL’s biggest stage.
As the two long-time rivals clashed, Boston came out battling from the first drop of the puck.
“We just wanted to come out strong, play hard, finish our checks, play smart, and just really work hard. Obviously, we want to start feeling better about ourselves, and tonight was good,” said B’s forward Nathan Horton
, who netted two goals in the win.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk
started things off for Boston, tallying his second goal of the season just 1:01 into the game.
“It just hit the boards and came straight to me and just put it on net and [Milan Lucic
] was basically right on top of him, [Price] couldn’t see anything,” Boychuk said of his goal.
”We just wanted to go out there and get the first one and get ourselves and everybody into the game.”
Boychuk added an assist on Gregory Campbell
’s first goal of the night at 13:43 in the first. The tally gave Boychuk his third career multiple-point game.
The Bruins kept the pressure up throughout he entire game, leading to Tim Thomas
’ eighth shutout of the season, and 25th of his NHL career.
“It’s a memorable one, not so much because I had that much work. I did have to do some, but, the beauty of watching the whole game in front of me, and it was a whole game that the crowd could enjoy themselves through,” said Thomas.
“Never really too much pins and needles after a while because we took the lead and we never gave it up and never got on our heels.”
While Thomas’ defensive play was outstanding, it was the Bruins offense that dominated the game.
Six Bruins had multiple-point games, including three point efforts from Milan Lucic
, Zdeno Chara
and David Krejci
“Guys played really hard and showed a lot of character in this room. And obviously a lot of guys stepped up in their games and played huge,” Chara said.
“We had big contributions from the third and fourth line, our power play was really solid, moved the puck well. We killed all the penalties. So basically we had everything going what we were tried to looking for in this game.”
The B’s will look to take the momentum they gained from tonight’s win into the final nine games of the regular season and into the playoffs.
“That’s the way we wish we could play every night. It should be a big confidence booster for us going forward,” Thomas said.
“It’s the blueprint of the type of game we want to play.”