Shots on Goal: Goalie Photos-Boston Bruins Tim Thomas vs New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur
The Boston Bruins were looking for a win on Monday night to break a two game losing streak and a three game home losing streak. They took care of both streaks with a 3-0 win over Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.
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As Kevin Woodley alluded to in his article, 36 seconds into the game Thomas had one his customary acrobatic saves and I had a front row seat for the whole sequence as you can see in the gallery below.
Thomas had this to say about the needed win.
“I personally approached it as a must-win, and I think the team did, too,” Thomas said. “We needed to get back on track. We needed to show some urgency.
“We faced a team that’s been playing better but has struggled this year and we needed to come out with a win so that we could start building and getting back to the game we were playing when we were having success.”
Thomas had 28 saves on the night to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
Brodeur and the Devils (5-11-2), fresh off an overtime win last Friday, their first at home, were unable to get any offence going. New Jersey has been shut out in three of its last six games.
Boston goals were scored by Michael Ryder (5), 5-3 powerplay at 15:26 of the first period.
Nathan Horton put the Bruins up 2-0 with his eighth goal of the season with a snap shot from the right side.
Blake Wheeler finished the scoring for Boston just :43 seconds into the third frame beating Brodeur with a wrist shot from the left side.