Bruins win easily behind Zdeno Chara hat trick, Tim Thomas shutout

DJ Bean
January 17, 2011 - 10:33 am
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Zdeno Chara had his first career hat trick, while Tim Thomas recorded his seventh shutout of the season in a 7-0 Bruins win over the Hurricanes. Chara joined Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley as the only Bruins defenseman to record three goals in a game. Cam Ward was the bad guy when he shut out the Bruins at the Garden back on Nov. 26, but the Bruins were able to chase him from the game in just 11:26 thanks to goals from Mark Stuart and Chara. For Stuart, it was his first goal of the season and a nice way to make his return from a broken hand and dislocated finger that had kept him out for 18 games. Chara would add power play goals in the first and third periods after Justin Peters took over for Ward. The Bruins also got goals from Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron in the second period. Bergeron, who was named the NHL's No. 2 star of the week earlier in the day, now has 12 points over his last seven games. Michael Ryder scored his 14th goal of the season when he redirected a Dennis Seidenberg shot past Peters. Peters didn't do himself any favors in the game, as he drew penalties for holding and roughing in the second and third period, respectively. The two teams will square off again Tuesday night in Carolina. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS - The Bruins are proof that goals come in waves. When Patrice Bergeron scored 13 seconds after Gregory Campbell in the second period, it marked the ninth time this season that the Bruins have scored two goals in less than a minute. It was the third time they've done so in the last three games, as they did it last Monday in Pittsburgh and on Saturday against the Penguins. - His production on the night was obviously overshadowed by that of another Bruins defenseman, but Adam McQuaid had his first-career multi-point game, and it took him less than 12 minutes to accomplish it. On the day, five Bruins defenseman had at least a point, with Johnny Boychuk the only one to not register one. Boychuk had an even rating. - Tim Thomas continues to put up monster numbers, and he now ahas noter blanking in the books. He's already surpassed his previous career high of five shutouts in a season, but with seven thus far, the question is whether he ends up doubling it. Thomas didn't find himself facing the most energetic offense, though he did come up with big saves on Eric Staal in the first period. His save on Jeff Skinner in the second led to a quick breakout and, eventually, a beautiful pass from Shawn Thornton to Campbell for a B's goal. With Thornton's assist (his fourth), he jumped back out in front of Thomas in their assist race. Thomas has three helpers on the season. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS - Milan Lucic thought he'd scored his 17th goal of the season when he beat Ward at 9:15 of the first, but he was in fact touching up on a delayed penalty on Zdeno Chara. It wasn't exactly costly for the B's, as Chara returned to the ice following the penalty and scored on a 2-on-1. Lucic has now gone 12 straight games without a goal, though he grabbed an assist on Chara's third goal. - This was a game in which just about as much went right for the Bruins as possible. All four lines had strong showings, and the defense and goaltending were stout. They even won the fisticuffs battle, as McQuaid pounded Troy Bodie in the third period. There will be plenty of games for the bad to stand out, but there simply wasn't much of it Monday.
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