Thomas, Ryder lead Bruins over Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — A shortage of offense by
the Boston Bruins has been negated by Tim Thomas’ brilliance.

Thomas sparkled in a low-scoring effort yet again, stopping all
31 shots he faced to notch his second consecutive shutout as the
Bruins held on for a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on

The 34-year-old goaltender turned aside 11 shots in the first,
seven in the second and 13 in the third en route to his second
shutout of the season and ninth career.

He made 27 saves in a 1-0 overtime victory over the Edmonton
Oilers on Monday. Thomas hasn’t allowed a goal in 132 minutes,
14 seconds.

“Maybe it was a good thing that I played (Monday), because you
don’t have the shakiness you have sometimes when you don’t play
in a while,” Thomas said. “Last night I didn’t get a whole lot
of shots in the beginning because I hadn’t played in a few days.
But tonight I got chances right off the bat. It was easier to
be into the game because it kind of feels like you’ve played one

Boston coach Claude Julien was pleased with the team’s

“It’s just a great effort by obviously our goaltender again
tonight,” Julien said. “At the same time, I can’t give enough
credit to our fourth line who’s allowed us to keep our team as
fresh as we could for as long as we could.

“These last two nights, I don’t think we could have ever
survived these two games the way these teams play with a short
bench. There are a lot of guys who deserve credit for that and
I thought as a team, we played a good road game.”

A first-period goal by Michael Ryder was all Thomas needed to
give the Bruins their first three-game win streak of the season.

“It’s pretty intense at the end there when you’re up by one
goal, but we’ll take it,” Ryder said. “We’ll take the shutout.
We try and concentrate on defense and it’s paying off.”

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Ryder converted passes from Marco Sturm and Marc Savard with
9:44 left in the first and beat captain Roberto Luongo, who made
29 saves for the Canucks.

On a delayed penalty, Savard threw a centering pass that Sturm
tipped on net. The initial shot was stopped, but the rebound
came right out to the slot where Ryder skated in and snapped a
wrister under Luongo’s right arm for his second goal of the

Ryder was credited with the game-winning goal, but praised
Thomas for his efforts.

“He’s definitely playing really well for us right now,” Ryder
said. “He’s making the big key saves when we need it and
keeping us in it. We’re stepping up behind him. We’re trying
to keep it tight around the net and not give up too many chances
around there. He makes the first save and we just try and clear
the rebounds.”

Winners of their previous two contests at home, the Canucks fell
behind on the opening goal for the first time this season at
General Motors Place.

“It was a hard fought game,” Luongo said. “There wasn’t a lot
of room out there. We had our chances, we just couldn’t bury it
tonight. Their goalie played a good game and made some huge

Vancouver outshot Boston, 31-30, overall and by a 13-9 margin in
the third, but dropped their fourth in five games.

“You’ve got to give credit to their goaltender,” Canucks coach
Alain Vigneault said. “Ours was very good too, but their
goaltender played a phenomenal game. Against a team like that,
you’ve got to get to them early so that they have to open up a
little bit.

“We had some chances in the first chances. We had some quality
chances and he shut us down. In the second, there was just no
room on the ice in the neutral zone. They were doing a great
job and we couldn’t get anything going.”