The Boston Bruins were able to win a whopping ninth straight game on Monday night when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens, by a score of 1-0. Tim Thomas collected his second shutout in a row, and the Bruins only needed one tally in this one. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Dennis Seidenberg
I just wrote about this recently, but I really expected to see more out of Dennis Seidenberg in this season. He was so good in the Stanley Cup, I think maybe our expectations were too high, but really, he has not been right this season thus far.
Number Four- Montreal Defense
I know this is five observations from the Bruins’ side of the ice, but I must say that I was very impressed with the Montreal defense. Their blue line defense just had two defenseman skating there, but they did a good job to take up so much space with just two bodies. The Bruins had trouble penetrating all night, and were only able to score one goal.
Number Three- Chris Kelly
The Bruins have always been a good back checking team, but since they traded for this former Ottawa Senator, it has been taken to a whole new level. Kelly did it again last night, in the waning seconds of the game when he single handedly back checked the Canadiens to a loss, when he kept the puck in the Bruins offensive zone for five extra seconds.
Number Two- Nathan Horton
Horton got off to a slow start, and admitted as much earlier in the season. And since that time, really since the winning streak began, Horton has been one of the Bruins best players again. No, Horton did not score a goal in this one, but his presence on that top line has been felt like it was in last season.
Number One- Tim Thomas
The Bruins have been scoring so much lately, it seems like Thomas has been forgotten. He was not last night, as his shutout performance was needed in the 1-0 win. Thomas continues to stand on his head, carrying over from his performance of last season.
The Bruins return tomorrow night when they face off against the Buffalo Sabres, a game that will be for first place.