BOSTON – In their home game of the regular season, the Boston Bruins gave their fans a show as they defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1.
|Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas makes a save on a shot by Ottawa Senators right wing Erik Condra during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, April 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
had a stellar game and Nathan Horton
was an assist away from a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Bruins skated strong and gained momentum heading into tomorrow’s final regular season match-up with the New Jersey Devils.
started things off for Boston with his sixth goal of the season at the 12:53 mark in the first.
“It started off with Thorty [Bruins forward Shawn Thornton
] getting a shot on net and a clear rebound for Soup [Bruins forward Gregory Campbell
] to get there first and Soup saw me out of the corner of his eye, spun real quick and I just kept my stick down,” Paille said.
“I tipped it, tipped it right in. So it was just a matter of, just the simple plays and standing in front of the net.”
provided the game winner at 1:08 in the second, scoring just six seconds into a Boston power play. Later in the period, Horton took on the Senator’s Zack Smith in a physical bout that energized the sold-out TD Garden crowd and the Bruins’ line-up.
“We haven’t been very successful on the power play and it’s nice to get one. We’ve practiced it a lot and we really want to get better at it. It’s definitely nice to get that first one. As you can see I think it continued through the other power plays,” Horton said. “We had more chances, we had more work in their zone. It’s all about confidence, and I think that little goal, that little rebound goal that gave us the power play goal there, it makes you feel better and it makes you more confident as a power play unit.”
Thomas made 31 saves as he closes in on the regular season save percentage record. Not expected to play tomorrow night, as Head Coach Claude Julien announced after the game. Thomas could hold the record tomorrow night.
“I think tonight helped,” Thomas said of being prepared for the postseason. “That was actually, I mean that was the goal of playing this weekend was to get ready for the playoffs. We didn’t want too long of a break. It was next Thursday. Me and Claude talked it over. It was actually my decision to play and it was, I won’t say I didn’t end up putting any pressure on myself, but I will say that it was probably the best thing for the team and for myself going forward to get ready for the playoffs.”
“You have to support the puck more and get the puck first. Rather than the wing where you’re kind of standing still and getting it wide, and at center you can support the puck, get it and go,” Seguin said. “But I think playing the last line, I played with Kells [Chris Kelly
] and [Rich] Peverley and we kind of rotated every shift so it wasn’t to rough going to center.”
Peverley put the icing on the cake with his 17th goal of the season at 14:52 in the third period, after using some nice stick work to get through the offensive zone and to the net.
“I’ve been trying to go to the net a little more, to shoot and be around the net,” Peverley said. “I haven’t finished many off, not quite as many as I would like so it’s nice to get one towards the end of the season here and hopefully get on a roll going into the playoffs.”
The Bruins will play their final regular season game of the season tomorrow night when they travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils.