BOSTON, MA --
At times during the first and second periods on Tuesday night, Tim Thomas
' pads were the only things keeping the Ottawa Senators from running up the score on the Boston Bruins.
The defending Vezina Trophy-winner was stellar in defeat, and fought off 37 of the Senators attempts to yield only one goal as the B's were unable to muster much of an attack during a slow-moving 1-0 loss to Ottawa in a sold out TD Garden.
"It’s hockey and in the end it doesn’t matter if you lost four to three or one to nothing or won four to three or won one to nothing," said Thomas postgame. "We’re on the wrong end tonight.
"We pressed and tried to tie the game and hopefully win the game in the third, but we just weren’t able to get it done."
However, for the most part, Thomas did get it done and beyond a well-timed leaping screen by Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, which obscured a sizzling power play shot from the point from Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, the B's backstop was at his battling best througout the contest.
"Yeah, I didn’t see it," admitted Thomas of the first period goal. "I barely saw it released and where I saw it going was blocker’s side.
"I had to go behind Alfredsson to hopefully make the save [and] hope that it hits me.
"It actually did knick off of me I believe," he said.
That said, Thomas surely felt plenty of pucks before and after Ottawa's lone goal.
Boston's netminder made a dozen saves in the first and added 18 more in the second until the B's settled into a more characteristic third period (7 saves).
"I think we could say we could play better than that," said Thomas. "It certainly wasn’t a game where we outplayed them the whole game and lost.
"We did put up a fight and we made a push, but we fell short.."
Head Coach Claude Julien gave credit to Thomas for keeping the score close and giving the B's a chance late.
"You need your goalie to be good on those kind of nights to give you a chance and he gave us a chance," said Julien. "He was good and he made some saves -- you know Timmy’s style.
"The bottom line is he was making the saves and giving us an opportunity here right till the end."