Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/17/13
2 p.m.: It’s going to be a strange sight for the Bruins on Thursday night, as they’re set to take on a former teammate, a player who is largely responsible for one big shiny piece of jewelry they now have. Thursday night in Sunrise, Fla., will not be a chance for the B’s to take thank Tim Thomas for anything, though. The B’s will get their first look at the man who backboned their 2011 Stanley Cup run, as Boston is in Florida to take on the Panthers. It’s the first time the former Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophy winner will take on his former team. It’s the first time Thomas will take on the Bruins since abruptly taking a year off last season, an action that lead to an unceremonious end with the Black and Gold for the veteran goalie. “All those years shooting on him in practice, I think it’ll be fun to finally shoot on him in a game and I’m sure he’s looking forward to it as well,” Milan Lucic told reporters. “I’m sure he’s happy to be back in the NHL playing and he’s found a new home here in Florida.” It will also mark the Bruins’ first game against the Panthers this season and the first since the two teams became division mates. NHL realignment has the two teams sharing the Atlantic Division, which adds yet another element to Thursday’s matchup. The Bruins are trying to get back on track after dropping a Monday matinee against the Detroit Red Wings. The Panthers have been up and down this season, and they’re hoping to avoid a three-game losing streak after dropping their last two against the Kings and Predators, respectively. Puck drop from Florida is scheduled for 7 p.m. Filed under: Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Headlines, Live Blog, Mike Cole

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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