Bruins shut out for fifth time in February

Bruins shut out for fifth time in February
February 29, 2012, 2:49 am
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BOSTON -- The Bruins had a power play for two of the last 2:09 in regulation, but failed to produce anything in the last-ditch effort, and were shut out by the Ottawa Senators 1-0 on Tuesday night at the TD Garden.

Tim Thomas made 37 saves in the game, but the Bruins' offense just couldn't get one past Robin Lehner, who made 32 saves in the shutout.

The Senators led 1-0 after the first period, thanks to a power-play goal from Erik Karlsson. The Ottawa defenseman took a wrist shot from the middle of the point, with 5:16 left in the first, that beat Thomas top-left, with help from Daniel Alfredsson's screen out front.

Thomas made 30 saves through the first two periods, while the Bruins only had 15 shots on net through two, and nothing to show for it.

And as it turned out, the final period didn't see any more production.

GOLD STAR: Tim Thomas stood on his head making 37 saves in a game that should have been a blowout victory for the Senators, but the one-man show wasnt enough for two points. He made a ridiculous recovery save when he went screeching back to the net to stop an Erik Condra stop at the doorstep, and foiled a couple of Erik Karlsson bids through heavy traffic in front of the net. Thomas couldnt be faulted on the power play goal allowed with Daniel Alfredsson blocking his view directly in front of him, and he was the only Bs player worthy of victory for 60 minutes of hockey. The good news: Thomas is back on his game. The bad news: the Bs offense isnt.

BLACK EYE: Joe Corvo might have a legit alibi for failing to go after Kyle Turris when he said that Colin Greening told him on the first shift of the night that the young Sens forward wasnt going to fight. But Corvo also had several chances to finish off hits against Turris the old-fashioned way and pulled up in almost every instance, and thats going to turn away a lot of people in Boston toward Corvo. The Bs defenseman didnt have a registered hit, didnt have a shot that got through traffic and really didnt seem to be playing with the kind of emotion one would expect from a wronged player. When it comes down to it Corvo just isnt a Bruins-type of player.

HONORABLE MENTION: Four shots on net in 23:27 of ice time and a power play goal for Erik Karlsson, who is beginning to really take off in his NHL career after blossoming into an All-Star in his second season. The Swedish defenseman looks like hes going to be a handful in the playoffs, and the Bruins could do nothing to make him pay at the other end of the ice throughout the game.

TURNING POINT: The first 40 points saw 15 shots on net for the Bruins and few hotly contested offensive chances. Sure the Bruins rallied for 17 shots in the final 20 minutes when they finally found their legs, but it seemed as if the game was already lost for the Bruins despite the one-goal deficit. It was surprising that Boston couldnt summon a better opening effort against an Ottawa team thats right behind them in the Northeast Division standings, and more importantly now the Sens have some confidence that they can beat Thomas in this building should they meet in the playoffs.
BY THE NUMBERS 5: the number of times in 13 games that the Bruins were shut out during the month of February. That is what you would call an abysmal statistic for the Black and Gold.

QUOTE TO NOTE: Those first two periods were really painful to watch and to see. Our guys just didnt have any legs and our game was very, very slow . . . even on face-offs. We just struggled in all areas. Claude Julien, who saw the Bruins fall short during a furious comeback attempt in the third period after a bogus first 40 minutes.
-Danny Picard contributed the game story.