Thomas Saves 35 Shots in Bruins’ 2-1 Win Over Senators

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Thomas Saves 35 Shots in Bruins' 2-1 Win Over Senators
OTTAWA — Drew Fata scored 7:16 into the third period
and Tim Thomas made 35 saves in the Boston Bruins’ 2-1 preseason win over the
Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Vladimir Sobotka won a faceoff in Ottawa’s zone and Jeff
Lovecchio
fed the puck to the point, where Fata drove a slap shot through
traffic past Pascal Leclaire.

Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal late in the first
period for Boston (5-1-1).

Thomas, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s
top goalie, won for the second time in two nights.

“Tonight and last night he showed why he’s one of the top
goalies in the league,” Fata said.

Thomas said that he, coach Claude Julien and goaltending
coach Bob Essensa made a group decision to start consecutive nights on the road.

“(Essensa) actually kind of likes it when I’m playing a
little bit tired because I’m a little bit more controlled,” Thomas said. “I
think he was thinking it would help me get back into a rhythm that way because
the second game I’d be a little bit more conservative.”

Thomas led the Bruins to a 2-1 shootout win in Montreal
on Thursday that saw him stop each of the Canadiens’ three attempts after making
33 saves during the game.

“(Thursday) I felt completely comfortable right from the
start,” Thomas said. “Today, actually, I didn’t feel uncomfortable but I had to
work at it a little bit harder, maybe because it’s back to back. That’s a good
learning experience going into the season because there are going to be
situations like this and fortunately I was able to get through the little bit of
uncomfortable stage at the beginning.”

Ryan Shannon scored a power-play goal for Ottawa in the
first.

Leclaire stopped 18 shots for the Senators, who finished
the preseason 2-4.

“I think he’s been outstanding the last few games he’s
played, he’s been real solid,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “It’s
confidence. We gave up a few chances off a couple of turnovers where he makes
the big save and as we get better and better, we can make it easier for him.”

Shannon opened the scoring on a power play 12:43 in.
Thomas went down to stop Chris Campoli‘s shot from the deep slot and made a vain
lunge at Shannon’s shot off the rebound into the right side which put the
Senators up 1-0.

Marchand drew Boston even with a power-play goal with
59.2 seconds left in the first. Positioned in the slot, Marchand deflected Derek
Morris
‘ point shot and the puck floated past Leclaire into the right side of the
net.

“It was a great tip,” Morris said. “If they give you a
target, we’d better be able to hit it.”

Bruins left wing Milan Lucic engaged in a spirited fight
with Ottawa’s Chris Neil in the opening period, not long after Boston’s Shawn
Thornton
fought with Matt Carkner.

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