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Thomas Lifts Bruins Past Habs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien and B's forward Milan Lucic didn't dance around the fact that Thursday's 2-1 win was an ugly one – and it would be hard to argue other wise.

But if there was one satisfying aspect of the win, it was the play of goaltender Tim Thomas.

Thomas made 33 saves on the night, turning away 16 in the first period as the Bruins took a lead on a fluky goal by forward Jordan Caron.

"They were buzzing around and I thought it was important to stop that," Thomas said. "Not to give them any confidence into the rest of the game. Just wait for us to take over basically."

The lone goal the Habs scored on the Bruins goaltender came in the third off the stick of Yannick Weber, while forward Eric Cole screened Thomas.

Thomas, who said he felt his awareness was on point throughout the game, was visibly agitated when Weber scored.

"[Erik] Cole did a good job screening me, and I felt like if I saw the puck tonight there was no way they were going to score," Thomas said. "That's why I was it may have been a little frustrating after I got scored on because I felt good and I didn't think they were going to score."

Even with the goal being scored in the third period, Julien had nothing but praise for his goaltender.

"He came up big and bailed us out in those sloppy moments," Julien said. "He's done that in the past, and it's something we've gotten used to, but not that we want to play that way too often."

Weber's goal came on the power play, and this was Thomas' third consecutive start he hasn't allowed an even strength goal.

According to the Bruins' backstop, playing even is the team's greatest strength and is what will help them win games.

"We're a very good team five-on-five," Thomas said. "That's the place we want to be in, other than on the power play. We want to use our speed and work hard and make them take penalties, but we want to be very disciplined. If we can keep it five-on-five that's generally an advantage for us."

--- Anthony Gulizia

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