Bruins’ Thomas proves he’s king of the road with blanking of Canadiens

Thomas/By S. Bradley

He’s the reigning Vezina Trophy winner and last summer’s Conn Smythe victor.

Now Tim Thomas can clearly add another title next to his name: King of the Road.

With a 1-0 shutout of Montreal at the Bell Centre tonight, Thomas has now recorded three straight shutouts on the road. He has gone 222:16 without allowing a road goal, dating back to Oct. 15 in Chicago. His road numbers are amazing — 4-1-0, a 0.99 goals-against average and a .965 save percentage.

Thomas needed to make 32 saves against the Habs to make sure Andrew Ference’s goal stood up as the game-winner in Boston’s ninth straight win. Many of the Canadiens’ chances were great ones, including during four power plays over the course of the second and third periods. The last Montreal power play even became a 6-on-4 after the Habs pulled goaltender Carey Price with time winding down in regulation.

The Bruins are now 1-2-0 against Montreal, but more importantly they’re in first place in the Northeast Division.

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