Thomas, Chara Lead Bruins Over Caps 2-0
Panthers nip Islanders, Canadiens torch Lightning
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2008 3:18 AM CST
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic, left, sends Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich of Sweden flying as they collide in the third period of their hockey game in Boston, Thursday Jan. 3, 2008. The...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tim Thomas blanked the opposition for the first time this season and fifth time in his career, stopping all 31 Washington shots in a 2-0 home victory. Zdeno Chara had an assist and the insurance goal, and the Boston defense muffled formerly red-hot Alexander Ovechkin, halting his seven-game scoring streak. In other hockey news:

  • The Panthers edged the Islanders in overtime, 4-3, on Jassen Cullimore's game-winner—despite New York goalie Rick DiPietro's unexplained mid-game equipment switch.
  • Michael Ryder satisfied fans and played aggressive for once, scoring twice in the Canadiens' 6-3 win over the Lightning.