BOSTON - NOVEMBER 15: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot in the third period by the New Jersey Devils on November 15 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Blackhawks Vs. Bruins: Tim Thomas' 32 Saves Lift Blackhawks To Victory

Look out: the Boston Bruins are officially looking ready for a deep playoff run. For the second game in a row, the B's mopped up a quality opponent, this time with a decisive 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Tim Thomas continued his push at the Vezina Trophy with 32 big saves in the victory behind goals from Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Nathan Horton.

The Blackhawks looked pretty tired throughout, and they displayed an inability to keep up with the Bruins throughout the entire game. Some of that, of course, likely had to do with a hard-fought win in Detroit just 24 hours earlier, but some of it also had to do with the fact that the Bruins are just a very solid team, top to bottom, right now. It starts with Thomas.

Things got a little physical in the second period when Shawn Thornton took a skate blade to the eye. As he skated to the bench with blood pouring out of his face, the Blackhawks bench chirped him a bit. Nothing happened thanks to the officials, but the game took a big jump in the mean department afterwards

The loss doesn't do Chicago any favors in the Western Conference playoff race, but there's still a bit of breathing room between their eighth-place spot and ninth-place Dallas.


Flyers Vs. Penguins: Sergei Bobrovsky Great, Philly Holds Off Pittsburgh

Last week in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Penguins waltzed in to Wells Fargo Center and played a shutdown defensive game that stifled the first-place Flyers and brought them closer to first place in the Atlantic Division. In the final game of the season series shifted across the state to Consol Energy Center, however, the Pens couldn't repeat the feat.

Sergei Bobrovsky was huge for the Flyers, making 25 saves as Philly rolled to a 5-2 victory. Ville Leino scored two goals in the third period as the Flyers line of he, Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere rebounded from some tough recent efforts to propel their team.

The win brings them closer to clinching the Atlantic after four months of owning first place, while it essentially locks Pittsburgh in the East's fourth spot. The Flyers only need six points of a possible 12 remaining to clinch the division, and that's if the Penguins win the rest of their games. 


Stars Vs. Coyotes: Ilya Bryzgalov Brilliant Again As Phoenix Holds Off Dallas

The Phoenix Coyotes knew that the Dallas Stars were desperate. With losses by Nashville and Chicago earlier on Tuesday night, the Stars knew that two points would have put them in a position of relative power, and that gave them any extra motivation they could have used.

Unfortunately for them, Ilya Bryzgalov had other plans. The Coyotes netminder proved further why he's perhaps the most valued member of the team, making an incredible 44 saves to help Phoenix top Dallas, 2-1, in a shootout. The Stars literally gave everything they had and still wound up on the short end of the stick. 

SB Nation's Defending Big D isn't crushed, however, since the Stars still got one point and are still in the race.

I felt crushed as a Stars fan after the loss in Nashville.  I don't as much tonight.  The Stars played a very good road game overall and while maybe wen't as aggressive going after the win as I think they should have been, they did show me that they aren't rolling over.    

The Coyotes sit two points back of the Pacific-leading Sharks following the win, while the Stars remain three points back of eighth-place in the West.

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Canucks 3, Predators 1: Nashville's six-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Vancouver, who clinched the top-seed in the Western Conference and moved closer to claiming the President's Trophy as the NHL's best regular season club.

Leafs 4, Sabres 3: Toronto blew two different two-goal leads, but Buffalo couldn't take full advantage on Tuesday night. Mikhail Grabovski's 29th goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the third was enough to give the Leafs the victory, pulling them within five points of the eighth-place Sabres. Too little, too late?

Kings 2, Oilers 0: No Anze Kopitar? No Justin Williams? No problem. Los Angeles got two goals from Dustin Brown to add two more points to their name, adding a bit more volume to the bottleneck in the Pacific Division.

Hurricanes 3, Capitals 2 (SO): Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup for Washington, but even he couldn't beat Cam Ward in this one. The Carolina goaltender made 38 saves, plus two in the shootout, to help his team earn two vital points in the standings. With Buffalo's loss, the Hurricanes only sit three points back of eighth with six games to play.

Wild 3, Blues 2 (SO): Just going through the motions, now. Nothing to see here.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 1: Montreal ended a nearly-200 minute scoreless drought in the first period and rode that wave to a 3-1 win over Atlanta. While their recent rough patch has put the Northeast title all but off the map, the two points earned on Tuesday do give the Habs a bit of space ahead of seventh-place New York.

Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2 (SO): Columbus snapped a six-game home losing skid and Florida slipped even further down the Eastern Conference standings. They're now just two points ahead of last-place Ottawa.

Lightning 5, Senators 2: They didn't clinch a playoff berth like they could have, thanks to a win by the Carolina Hurricanes, but that won't stop Tampa Bay from accepting a big win. Martin St. Louis and Dominic Moore each scored two goals for the Lightning, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game losing streak threatened their hold on fifth-place in the East.

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