NHL Game Summary - Boston at New Jersey
(Tuesday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Boston 2, New Jersey 0
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas made 25 saves for his third shutout of the season, as Boston continued to roll with a 2-0 win over New Jersey at the Prudential Center.
Milan Lucic and David Krejci lit the lamp for the Bruins, who have won six games in a row and 10 of the last 11 and sport the best record in the Eastern Conference at 25-5-4.
Phil Kessel, who was sporting an NHL-best 18-game point streak coming into the game, was held pointless in the victory.
Scott Clemmensen stopped 22-of-23 shots in defeat for the Devils, who had their three-game win streak snapped.
Lucic alertly gathered in the rebound of a Zdeno Chara shot and slid it through Clemmensen's pads 49 seconds into the third period for a 1-0 Boston lead.
Krejci capped the victory on an empty-net goal with 48 seconds remaining.
In a scoreless first period, Thomas and Clemmensen were equal with nine saves apiece.
Thomas kept the game scoreless with 4:09 remaining in the second period on his best save of the contest.
Jamie Langenbrunner broke down the right wing on a 2-on-1, and his shot from the circle was kicked out but right to a streaking Patrik Elias on the left side. His own rebound poke toward an open net was thwarted, as Thomas dove out and smothered the shot with his stick.
For Thomas, it was his 10th career whitewash...New Jersey was shut out for the second time this season and first time since November 3.
12/23 21:47:16 ET