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Thomas & Kelly's Work Highlights B's 8th Straight Win

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- Two goals and an assist for Chris Kelly and a shutout for Tim Thomas were just a couple of highlights of the Bruins 6-0 win over the Islanders in Uniondale, New York.


"We wanted to start this road-trip off on the right foot and tonight was a good test for us," said Kelly, who scored at 18:45 of the first, added an assist on Andrew Ference's goal at 10:25 of the third and then scored another goal at 12:54 of the final period.

"They’ve got a lot of offensive weapons over there," added Kelly. "They’re a good, young, skating hockey team and if you overlook this team they’re going to bury you.

"We knew that we wanted to come out and play a sixty-minute effort."

At the other end of the ice, goaltender Tim Thomas had similar sentiments and given the B's uneven effort versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, said that the Bruins game was right where it was supposed to be against New York.

"That was a good thing," said Thomas, who earned his 28th career shutout (the 3rd most in Bruins history) and raised his record to 8-4-0 with a 1.92 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.

"We’re doing a good job of taking each game one game at a time right now and breaking them down individually, not looking too far ahead and just focusing on the here and now," he said.

But the "here and now" is looking pretty good for Boston, as everyone in the lineup is contributing.

"I was happy to chip in," said Kelly. "Happy to be in the right spot, right time.

"It’s nice when everyone’s contributing."

Kelly, who has a 7-6-13 line through 18 games, added he wasn't concentrating on his own hot start.

"I try to be consistent and play the same way," explained the veteran forward. "Some nights the bounces go your way and some nights they don’t.

"It’s important not to get too high or too low--it’s 82 games."
  
Boston's veteran goalie said that experience helped him stay focused throughout the sometimes slow night around the B's goal.

"That’s part of the battle on a night like tonight," said Thomas. "I was just trying to do the best I could to be ready when they did get their chances because I knew they were going to get some.

"They’re too good of a team offensively."

Right now, the B's are a pretty good offensive team, too. And after eight wins in a row, the Bruins continue to work themselves out of October's hole and back into the playoff picture.

"We put ourselves behind the eight ball," said Thomas, whose Bruins stood seventh going into Sunday. "I think part of the reason we’ve been able to win eight in a row is we haven’t looked at, 'oh, we’re at five in a row, or six in a row or whatever.'

"I prefer not to talk about the fact that we won eight in a row," added the goalie. "Just get ready for next game, that’s how you get on these rolls."
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