“Mr. Rask, I see your 41-save performance and I raise you a 47-save spectacular.”
If Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask were rivals instead of buddies, that might’ve been how the dialog went in the Bruins’ dressing room in Ottawa tonight.
The Bruins’ two goaltenders continued their friendly old-fashioned game of “anything you can do I can do better” as Thomas got back in between the pipes and made 47 saves in a 5-2 win over the Senators. Twenty-one of those saves came in the third period, while many also came early in the game when the Bruins clearly didn’t have their legs going but were still able to score first.
The Bruins have now won 17 of 20 games, mostly on the strength of their goaltending. Rask had won two in a row, including Tuesday night’s shutout against Los Angeles, before surrendering the crease to Thomas for tonight’s game.
Daniel Paille scored twice, and Patrice Bergeron, Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly also scored for the Bruins. But the story of the game, again, was the goaltending. It was the third time in the last six games the Bruins allowed 40 or more shots on net.
Boston is off until Saturday night in Philadelphia. They might have Zdeno Chara back by then, as the captain skated today for the first time since suffering an injury last Saturday in Columbus. The Bruins could definitely use a Chara return, but as long as their goaltending is the best in the league they can get by.