The Boston Bruins continue streaking, beating the Philadelphia Flyers for their fourth win in a row. Tim Thomas earned his 30th career shut out as the Bruins controlled this contest from the start. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Tim Thomas
Hard to believe that Thomas is all the way down to five on this, and there are many reasons. So many things happened in this game, and it is almost expected to see a performance like this out of Thomas. He saved 31 shots against the Flyers for his 30th career shutout and fourth of the season.
Number Four- Fights
The Bruins got in three fights tonight. Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Nathan Horton all won their respective fights. The Flyers are one one of the more physical teams in the NHL, and it seemed like their game plan today was to play physical. However, the Bruins still remain as arguably the toughest team in the league, so the Philly plan may have back fired.
Number Three- Problems Brewing?
With about three minutes left in the game, head coach Claude Julien threw out his own player in Brad Marchand. Julien has been fed up with the mistakes and penalties from the “Bad Brat,” and it hit a nerve today. Tyler Seguin was also bumped down to the fourth line with Shawn Thornton moved up to the second. There could be some concerns here with the Bruins two young guns, which is not good, as they are the developing stars of this team.
Number Two- Zdeno Chara
In his return, Chara did not disappoint. He jumped in and was the best defenseman in the game, and led the Bruins with 23 minutes of time on ice. He got into a fight, scored a power play goal and assisted on Horton’s goal to pick up the Gordie Howe hat trick in his return,
Number One- Daniel Paille
Paille has impressed me so much. After his stunning playoff performance, Paille has come back and scored three goals in his last two games as the Bruins leading scorer in that time. He has made the fourth line dangerous, and it might be time for a promotion soon.
The Bruins play their hated rivals the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, in Montreal.