Tim Thomas earned his sixth shutout of the season, which leads the NHL. Thomas, who improved to 19-4-6, has 23 career shutouts with Boston, which ties him with Jim Henry for sixth place all-time in franchise history.
Thomas, who made 31 saves, said it felt almost like a night off because of how well his team played in front of him and because the Bruins played with a lead all night.
“It’s rare with how tight this league is to get a nice, big lead like that so it’s very nice,” said Thomas. “Especially when you’re up 4-0 or 5-0 in the second period, it makes that period easy and then most of the third. When you get close to having a shutout, obviously there’s a little bit of stress but a shutout isn’t the main goal, the win is. It kind of feels like a night off mentally.”
On setting a career-high in shutouts for a season:
“I didn’t realize it until you just said it,” said Thomas. “So it tells you I’m doing a good job of not thinking about that stuff.”
On the overall team performance tonight:
“I thought it was great. In our zone, for the most part, we had quite a few blocked shots that I can remember. We just played a clean game. It was a good night for us.”
On building on what was accomplished Monday night with the comeback win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh:
“We looked to have really good legs tonight on a back-to-back with the heavy schedule that we’ve had and that’s a good sign, too,” said Thomas. “A lot of things went our way tonight.”
On his success against Ottawa (Thomas has six career shutouts over the Senators, two of which have come this season):
“It’s just luck,” said Thomas. “We just seem to hit them a lot of times when I’m fresh and when the team is starting to gather momentum. Ottawa seems to hit us when we’re just starting to get hot. So that helps the goaltenders’ outcomes, too.”
Other tidbits from the game:
- Mark Recchi played his 1,613th game, moving him past Ray Bourque into eighth place on the NHL’s all-time games-played list.
- Patrice Bergeron earned his first career hat trick. That gives him 4 goals and 4 assists in his last four games and 17 points in his last 13 contests.
- Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, giving him 5 points in his last six games. It was his second career multiple-point game.