Tim Thomas didn’t want to speak prior to the game Thursday presumably to stay focused on the task at hand of playing his former teammates with the Bruins. Though Thomas didn’t end up reaching his goal of beating his old team in a 3-2 loss when a Reilly Smith shot squirted through his leg pads with 59 seconds remaining in the third period the 39-year-old still managed to acquit himself well while making 37 saves in the 3-2 loss.
It was a mixed bag for the two-time Vezina Trophy winner and Conn Smythe recipient to be sure.
He wasn’t great in the first period while letting up a goals to Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton and the Smith game-winner squirting through Thomas’ five hole is never a good look for a goalie. Still in between Thomas was brilliant while making the bulk of his saves: his leg-pad stop on a Jarome Iginla partial breakaway in the third period while cutting through the heart of Florida’s defense was vintage Timmy.
Fortunately for the Bruins the creaky netminder the...