Tim Thomas turned in one of his sharpest performances last night. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
After gaining four weekend points with wins over Philadelphia and Toronto, the Bruins were given today off, granting KPD 24 more hours of heel-cooling and allowing me to take a detour through NYC on my home (a dozen of Ess-a-Bagel’s finest, natch).
With no media availability today, here’s the latest version of Likes & Dislikes:
1. The standout performance from Tim Thomas against the Flyers. Because of his team’s play, Thomas has been a more traditional goalie this season. But Thomas had to pull out the show-stoppers last night to stave off the Philly assault. Thomas had the Flyers cursing in the second and third periods.
2. The return of David Krejci’s confidence. Krejci makes his linemates better when he’s got his swagger going.
3. Steve Montador’s willingness to fight Daniel Carcillo. An example of a guy fighting to spark his team and stay in the lineup. Took some licks but earned the respect of his teammates.
1. The number of high-quality scoring chances for the Flyers last night. Thomas was tested far more often than Antero Niittymaki. Mike Knuble was especially tough for the Bruins to contain down low.
2. That Matt Lashoff, due in town tomorrow with the Lightning, couldn’t put it together in Boston. Good guy with high-end talent who struggled with his confidence with the big club. Nice to see him getting an opportunity.
3. That the Wachovia Center press box didn’t have ESPNU available. Would have liked to have seen the end of the BU-UNH game last night.