One shot made it a lost night for Thomas

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One shot made it a lost night for Thomas

BOSTON -- It was a toss up for more than 56 minutes. One of the goalies was going to skate off the ice with a hard-earned win, the other with an oh-so-close loss.

Both Tim Thomas and Jose Theodore played well enough to take home the W, but with less than three minutes left to go, Tomas Kopecky found a way to get by Thomas for the Florida Panthers victory.

"The guy came down the wing and took the shot," Thomas said following the Bruins 2-0 loss. "The rebound kind of stuck there. I thought it was going to come off my pad a little harder on that. Sometimes it doesn't.But I believe on my first push to get over there, my foot slipped. I thought my 'D' was going to clear it, so I relaxed but then I realized he missed it and I didn't have time to get back over before Kopecky got a stick on it."

Theodore finished the night making 40 saves in net; Thomas made 28 (the Panthers' second goal from Kris Versteeg was an empty netter). The Bruins gave credit to Theodore after the game and were proud of their goalie as well.

Both goaltenders played well, including ours, even if that goal went in at the end, said Bruins coach Claude Julien. He made the save and we had two guys there who could have cleared the rebound, and we didnt. Im certainly not disappointed with his effort. He did what he had to do.

Kopecky knew he would have to work for a goal against Thomas. Scoring the game-winner against him didnt come easily.

I just wanted to make sure I got everything I had on it because hes a really good goalie, never gives up any rebounds, loose rebounds, Kopecky explained. So I just wanted to get it up and drive the net. We knew hes going to be playing hard. We knew its going to be a tight game, so after the second period we just said we need to stay patient.

Yet as time began to wind down, Thomas saw a heightened sense of urgency among both teams.

I noticed it because they get down toward the end there and they realize that one goal could win the game, he said. So they start pressing. Not necessarily taking more chances, but pressing a little bit harder.

The Bruins will look to come back hard in their next game, and expect another strong showing from their goalie.

"Timmy was good again," said Shawn Thorton. "He always has been, he always is. Thats a given nowadays, I think. I think we expect him to be at his best, and he is."

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.