If you’re a Boston Bruins fan, the number 9 is a great number. Not only is it hanging in the rafters for all eternity memorializing Johnny “The Chief” Bucyk, but it is also the number of games the Bruins have won in a row, after beating the Montreal Canadiens Monday night by a score of 1-0.
During this nine game November winning streak Boston has been scoring goals by the cornucopia full, averaging 4.6 goals a game while only surrendering 1.5 goals a game. Andrew Ference scored with roughly four minutes left in the first period and thanks to the stellar goaltending of Tim Thomas, that was all the fire power the Bruins needed. Thomas saved all 33 shots he faced, posting his second straight shutout and third of the season.
Thomas has looked unbeatable these past two games. He hasn’t surrendered a goal in the last 133 minutes and 4 seconds. The Bruins were already winning thanks to the offense, but now that the goaltending is on top of its game, the Bruins are starting to look like the team to beat in the East. Thanks to this string of victories, the B’s have moved out of the cellar and are now third in the Eastern Conference.
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, the Boston faithful have a lot to be thankful for. The offense is clicking on all cylinders, the defense has been solid, and the goaltending has been impressive. Hopefully the Bruins can keep this streak alive when they take on the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night in Buffalo. It’ll be the first time these teams have played since the Milan Lucic/Ryan Miller collision.