By Brian Willwerth
After being out of action for a week, Tim Thomas is back in form.
The Bruins’ All-Star goalie stopped 28 of 29 shots last night, and Milan Lucic scored twice, as the Bruins beat the Calgary Flames, 3-1, before a sellout crowd of 19,289 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
It was Boston’s third consecutive win on the road, and the Bruins wasted little time getting going. Less than a minute into the game, David Krejci skated down the right wing and set up a driving Lucic, who went tumbling over Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff as the puck went into the net.
Thomas was brilliant the entire night against the Flames, who had won 11 of their previous 14 games. He made one sensational save after another in the third period. He also had a little luck on his side; he got just enough of Cory Sarich‘s shot, then watched as the puck hit the post and drifted just wide. Thomas lowered his league-best GAA to 1.99.
The Bruins made it 2-0 nearly six minutes into the third period when Brad Marchand tallied his 19th goal of the season.
The Flames made a game of it late in the third period on the power play. Curtis Glencross made it 2-1 with less than 3 minutes remaining. But Lucic iced the game with an empty-netter in the final minute. Lucic has 26 goals on the season.
The Bruins will look for their fourth straight road victory when they face the Canucks in Vancouver on Saturday night.