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Wednesday, 03.7.2007 / 11:14 AM ET / News
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In a perfect Black & Gold world, Tim Thomas would have gotten the win last night and Our Boys would be two points out of eighth this morning.

Thomas deserved the win, having kept the team in the game for all 60-minutes with several chiropractor-friendly Timmy Tornado moves to knock the biscuit away from the basket.

But after 29 shots and one goal (and an empty netter), Thomas had his second hard luck loss in a week.

And the logjam for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot got just a little bit tighter.

#. Team GP, Pts
8. Toronto 67, 73
9. Carolina 68, 73
10. Montreal 68, 72
11. Rangers 66, 71
12. Boston 66, 69

"Timmy kept us in it in the first period," explained Dave Lewis after the Bruins 2-0 loss last night. "We started flat."

Not so big a deal for Boston, as the Bruins had been on a mini-roll and had played in two tight games with Montreal and New Jersey last weekend. In fact, in their biggest win in recent memory (Saturday versus the Habs), nobody scored in the first.

But last night, the B’s were not able to turn on the offense and in many ways, it was up to Thomas to keep the Black & Gold close.

But with Glen Murray out for most of the third period with an undisclosed lower body injury, the Bruins offensive firepower sputtered. The team ended up 0-for-5 on the power play and was able to generate only 21 total shots on Peter Budaj.

"We didn’t win enough battles, we didn’t get to their goaltender (and) we didn’t get to the net," continued Lewis. "And we weren’t skating with the same energy we had for the last couple of games."

Further exasperating the situation was the lack of a call on a play in front of the net on the first Colorado goal.

"Their guy bumped Timmy," said Lewis. "That’s why Timmy was off square and he got rotated around and that is why the puck went in."

So it should have been a penalty, Coach?

"Either a penalty or a non-goal," said Lewis.

Thomas himself was asked if there was a let down after playing two conference foes over the weekend.

"It’s our job to come ready to play every night," said Thomas. "The crowd has helped…that was an exciting crowd against Montreal, and a lot of fun, but tonight it wasn’t a bad crowd either. We can’t use that as an excuse.

"You have to find your own energy."

There were moments where the B’s looked to be on the cusp of making that jump -- of hitting the turbo button. But the Avalanche’s Budaj made several spectacular saves of his own.

"To me, we looked tired as a team and we didn’t give enough effort to win the hockey game," said Lewis, who later added, "The disappointing thing was that we didn’t get to their net. Where, in the past two games, we were getting to the net.

"It takes a lot of effort and energy and courage to get to the net. But we weren’t getting there."

The Bruins will practice "getting to the net" later today…
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
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D. Krejci 42 12 27 2 39
R. Spooner 52 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 47 24 12 12 36
Z. Chara 50 7 20 8 27
M. Beleskey 50 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 51 3 21 6 24
J. Hayes 50 11 12 -5 23
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J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
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