Tim Thomas collected 38 saves to earn his fourth consecutive victory, leading his Boston Bruins to win 4-1 over the Washington Capitals in their home opener last night at the TD Garden. The six-year veteran has earned his way back in the lineup and off the trading block since completing hip surgery this offseason, allowing just four goals in 240 minutes of play. “I’m hoping this isn’t just a hot streak; this is me now,” said Thomas. “At times last year I felt like I was a one-legged goalie.”
Michael Ryder sparked Boston’s offensive production, netting the power play goal assisted by Patrice Bergeron in the final minute of the first period. It wasn’t too long before the B’s found themselves with the early 2-0 lead courtesy of Bergeron setting up Jordan Caron 2:22 into the second. Nathan Horton then launched a slap shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov on another power play with 7:45 left in the second. Jason Chimera provided the lone score for the Caps 9:27 into the third block when he intercepted a pass from Thomas intended for Blake Wheeler during a Capitals line change. Zdeno Chara sent in the easy score as time expired to put the game out of reach.
“It’s pretty tough to come back against this team when their goalie is playing like that with a three-nothing lead,” said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. “We had lots of chances to score. We just…didn’t.” Boston will next welcome in the New York Rangers Saturday, October 23rd before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs the following Thursday. Find the best available Boston Bruins tickets here at AceTicket.com!