Well, that was a brief slump for Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

The veteran puck-stopper, who lasted just two periods and allowed five goals in an 8-5 win in his last start Dec. 18, returned to form after just that one off game and shut out the New Jersey Devils, 2-0, tonight with 25 saves.

The shutout was his 10th of his NHL career and his first against New Jersey. Thomas is now 11-1-1 in his last 13 starts.

Phil Kessel’s point-scoring streak ended at 18 games. As Versus told us incessantly tonight, that tied the record by a U.S.born player set by Eddie Olczyk in 1989-90 with Toronto.

•But Milan Lucic is now on a streak of his own. His goal gave him an eight-game point streak, during which he’s posted 4-4-8 totals.

•Merry Christmas to all readers of While I’ll be resting up a bit, I’ll still be posting plenty of Bruins stories, including a look at the top 10 Bruins stories of 2008.