Thomas, Ryder lead Bruins over Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- A shortage of offense by

the Boston Bruins has been negated by Tim Thomas' brilliance.

Thomas sparkled in a low-scoring effort yet again, stopping all

31 shots he faced to notch his second consecutive shutout as the

Bruins held on for a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on

Tuesday.

The 34-year-old goaltender turned aside 11 shots in the first,

seven in the second and 13 in the third en route to his second

shutout of the season and ninth career.

He made 27 saves in a 1-0 overtime victory over the Edmonton

Oilers on Monday. Thomas hasn't allowed a goal in 132 minutes,

14 seconds.

"Maybe it was a good thing that I played (Monday), because you

don't have the shakiness you have sometimes when you don't play

in a while," Thomas said. "Last night I didn't get a whole lot

of shots in the beginning because I hadn't played in a few days.

But tonight I got chances right off the bat. It was easier to

be into the game because it kind of feels like you've played one

game."

Boston coach Claude Julien was pleased with the team's

performance.

"It's just a great effort by obviously our goaltender again

tonight," Julien said. "At the same time, I can't give enough

credit to our fourth line who's allowed us to keep our team as

fresh as we could for as long as we could.

"These last two nights, I don't think we could have ever

survived these two games the way these teams play with a short

bench. There are a lot of guys who deserve credit for that and

I thought as a team, we played a good road game."

A first-period goal by Michael Ryder was all Thomas needed to

give the Bruins their first three-game win streak of the season.

"It's pretty intense at the end there when you're up by one

goal, but we'll take it," Ryder said. "We'll take the shutout.

We try and concentrate on defense and it's paying off."

Ryder converted passes from Marco Sturm and Marc Savard with

9:44 left in the first and beat captain Roberto Luongo, who made

29 saves for the Canucks.

On a delayed penalty, Savard threw a centering pass that Sturm

tipped on net. The initial shot was stopped, but the rebound

came right out to the slot where Ryder skated in and snapped a

wrister under Luongo's right arm for his second goal of the

season.

Ryder was credited with the game-winning goal, but praised

Thomas for his efforts.

"He's definitely playing really well for us right now," Ryder

said. "He's making the big key saves when we need it and

keeping us in it. We're stepping up behind him. We're trying

to keep it tight around the net and not give up too many chances

around there. He makes the first save and we just try and clear

the rebounds."

Winners of their previous two contests at home, the Canucks fell

behind on the opening goal for the first time this season at

General Motors Place.

"It was a hard fought game," Luongo said. "There wasn't a lot

of room out there. We had our chances, we just couldn't bury it

tonight. Their goalie played a good game and made some huge

saves."

Vancouver outshot Boston, 31-30, overall and by a 13-9 margin in

the third, but dropped their fourth in five games.

"You've got to give credit to their goaltender," Canucks coach

Alain Vigneault said. "Ours was very good too, but their

goaltender played a phenomenal game. Against a team like that,

you've got to get to them early so that they have to open up a

little bit.

"We had some chances in the first chances. We had some quality

chances and he shut us down. In the second, there was just no

room on the ice in the neutral zone. They were doing a great

job and we couldn't get anything going."

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