The Boston Bruins and Tim Thomas were playing at a level above the competition through the first nine games of the season, but on Friday night, the Washington Capitals brought Thomas and Bruins down a notch with a 5-3 victory over the B’s.
Thomas was benched after two periods of play by Claude Julien, who wanted to provide a spark to his teams lackluster performance with a change between the pipes. Boston mounted a comeback, after the change, in the third period with three goals in seven minutes to knot things up at three a piece.
But John Carlson and the Captials staved off the black and golf comeback with two goals later on in the third period to put the Bruins away for good and avoid their third straight loss to Boston this season.
Michael Ryder, Nathan Horton, and Shawn Thornton each scored for the B’s as Horton’s goal, which made the score 3-2 at the time, marks his sixth goal of the season, which leads all the Bruins scorers.
The Bruins (7-3) won’t have much time to reflect on the loss as the red-hot St. Louis Blues (7-1) come to the Garden on Saturday.