After totaling only one goal in losses to the Canadiens and Senators this past week, it looked like the Boston Bruins would need a strong performance out of their offense against the Devils to halt their two-game skid.
Michael Ryder, Nathan Horton, and Blake Wheeler each netted one goal a piece to take care of the scoring drought with a 3-0 victory over New Jersey, but it was the play of Tim Thomas that sparked the Bruins and their fans at the TD Garden on Monday night.
With a couple of key saves early in the game, Thomas ignited the Bruins and picked up his 4th shutout of the season while improving to 9-1.
The old guys were performing at a high level on Monday night as the 36-year-old Thomas made 28 saves and 42-year-old Mark Recchi chipped in two assists.
Thomas’ early saves were key for a Boston squad that had allowed the first goal in five straight and were 1-3-1 in that span. Ryder scored the first goal of the night for the B’s, who improved to 7-0 in games they’ve scored first.
With Marc Savard and Marco Sturm set to return to action soon, trade rumors will be swirling around the Hub as the B’s look to unload players with high salary cap numbers such as Thomas and Ryder. But each player is making a case to stay in Boston with their strong play thus far in 2010.
Boston (9-5-1, 19 points) heads to New York on Wednesday to face the Rangers (10-7-1, 21 points).