As you can imagine, the answers to questions regarding the Bruins’ 3-0 shutout at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden were terse.
Repeatedly, words and phrases such as “flat,” “stale” and “lack of energy” were prominent. There was more than a little disappointment in the execution, given that Boston dropped to 8-6-3 at home.
“We never ended up getting a goal,” said goalie Tim Thomas, who had 22 saves and whose record is now 15-4-3. “From my perspective, it was kind of a weird game. Not a lot of action and then something kind of funny would happen.”
Thomas gave up a shorthanded goal to Corey Perry, which made it a three-goal lead at 15:05 of the second period.
“I don’t know how Perry ended up with it,” said the netminder. “But when he went to cut across, he tried to shoot it but fanned on it. That’s why it kept going across the crease and he was able to get a second whack at it. It’s a little bit of luck and for him, putting yourself in the right place and you get that kind of luck.”
Unfortunately for the Bruins, they were far less opportunistic.
In other tidbits:
- Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller had 45 saves, giving him his second shutout of the season and eighth of his career. It was the first shutout of Boston by that franchise since Guy Hebert notched a 3-0 win on Oct. 21, 1998 in Anaheim. Hebert also had Anaheim’s last shutout here – 3-0 on Oct. 30, 1997.
- Boston’s 45 shots is a season-high. It’s the Bruins’ most in a game since they poured 50 on Tampa Bay on Mar. 25, 2010.
- The Bruins were 0 for 2 on the power play. Over the course of this season, the team is 20 for 112 (17.9 percent).
- On the flip side, Boston killed off Anaheim’s only power play. The Bruins have killed off 12 of their last 14 times short and are 89 for 103 (86.4 percent) overall on the penalty kill this year. Boston has allowed a league-lowest 14 power-play goals.