Found November 24, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star, ...But at this point in the season, both Ovechkin and Stamkos, for varying reasons, have slipped from consideration as clear-cut No. 2’s. Here’s a look at the players looking to step into that role: PHIL KESSEL- His name might have seemed out of place at the beginning of the season, but not anymore. The Leafs winger is the NHL’s scoring leader and is recognized as arguably the most dangerous player with the puck in open ice. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock mentioned Kessel in those terms without being prompted and several other NHL coaches have also spoken of Kessel in similar terms. TIM THOMAS- This may be the sleeper choice here. The Bruins are surging and Thomas, like he did in the playoffs last spring, seems to be the deciding factor and has the biggest influence on Boston’s games. more  

Tim Thomas Expected in Goal As Bruins Look to Begin New Win Streak Against Winnipeg

BOSTON -- The Bruins had their 10-game win streak snapped with a shootout loss to Detroit on Friday, but get a chance to start a new streak right away with Winnipeg in town on Saturday. Despite coming up on the short end of the shootout decision on Friday, Bruins coach Claude Julien is looking for his club to put together a similar effort and hopes that the end of the streak won...

Power Play A Success In Toronto

from Damien Cox of The Spin, Other than the breakthrough seasons both Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul appear to be having, this would be the first convincing piece of evidence that the Maple Leafs’ strong start may not be a mirage. Like a superb goalie, a superb power play can cover up a lot of weaknesses on just about any hockey club. And right now, at least, the Leafs have that...

Tim Thomas to Stay in Net As Bruins Clash With Sabres With Division Lead on Line in Buffalo

If the Bruins fear any attempt by the Sabres respond in kind to Milan Lucic's hit on Ryan Miller, they aren't showing it with how Claude Julien plans to fill out his lineup sheet for the rematch Wednesday night in Buffalo. Julien will stick with the hot hand and start Tim Thomas in goal when the Bruins and Sabres clash with first place on the line. There was speculation that...

My 2012 NHL All-Star Team

A number of  HockeyFanLand readers were wondering if I cast my 2012 NHL All-Star vote.... I took the time to do so today!My All-Star team is as follows:Forwards: PHIL KESSEL, Toronto Maple Leafs30 points 16 goals 14 assists CLAUDE GIROUX, Philadelphia Flyers29 points 13 goals 16 assists JORDAN EBERLE, Edmonton Oilers23 points 7 goals 16 assists Defenseman:ERIK KARLSSON,...

Thomas back in net

Tuukka Rask stayed on the ice to work with Jordan Caron and Steven Kampfer, who are slated to be the Bruins' healthy scratches for tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets. That means Tim Thomas will be back in net as the B's try to start a ...

Claude Julien Doesn't Reveal Starting Goalie As Bruins Look to Continue Win Streak Against Red Wings

BOSTON -- The Bruins return to work after a brief holiday break, hosting Detroit in a Black Friday matinee matchup. Bruins coach Claude Julien declined to answer when asked who would start in goal for this matchup during his press briefing an hour before game time. Sticking with Michigan native Tim Thomas is the most likely scenario, though, which would put Tuukka Rask in line to...

"They won the fights and they won the game!" BRUINS WIN.

If this was a Buffalo blog we would complain about all the cheap shots. If this was a Buffalo blog we'd complain about everyone running Tim Thomas. If this was a Buffalo blog we'd be busy making excuses yet again because our team sucks more than a two dollar hooker on half off Tuesday and is softer than a 90 year old man's penis.Awesome pic courtesty of Eric (@BosBruinsFan...

Live updates: Winnipeg Jets vs. Boston Bruins

Pregame Welcome to TD Garden where the Bruins will attempt to keep their 11-game point streak (10-0-1) alive tonight vs. the visiting Winnipeg Jets. Tim Thomas (10-4-0, 1.85 GAA) will be in goal tonight for the Bruins. He will be...

Elliot is the Man in St. Louis

Whether or not the St. Louis Blues themselves are willing to admit it, Brian Elliot has worked his way into the starting goaltending position.  He is currently 9-1 with three shutouts (including one against Calgary last night) a goals against average that leads the league with a stingy, Tim Thomas like, 1.34 and a save percentage of .951.  The Blues now sit in second place in the...

Red Wings-Bruins Preview

The Boston Bruins have earned victories in a variety of ways during their winning streak, from the simple blowout to one-goal nail-biters to come-from-behind thrillers. It won't matter to them how they solve the Detroit Red Wings, just as long as they come out on top. Boston seeks its first 11-game winning streak in more than 40 years while looking to end a three-game skid...

GDT - Game #21:  Red Wings at Bruins (1:00)

A matinee matchup of Original Six teams as DET (12-7-1) plays at BOS (13-7-0).  The Wings have won three in a row and are 7-2 in their past nine.  Coach Babcock after the Flames game:  “We always talk about if you get six wins in every 10, you got a chance to get 48 wins and that’s in the playoffs. So that’s 12 now after 20 games so we’re in a good spot.” Winning today...

Morning Skate: November 25

Today’s slate:Red Wings @ Bruins, 1:00 ETDevils @ Islanders, 3:00Canadiens @ Flyers, 3:00Oilers @ Wild, 4:00Rangers @ Capitals, 4:00Blackhawks @ Ducks, 4:00Senators @ Penguins, 7:00Jets @ Hurricanes, 7:00Sabres @ Blue Jackets, 7:00Lightning @ Panthers, 7:30Flames @ Blues, 8:00Maple Leafs @ Stars, 8:30Canucks @ Coyotes, 9:00Game of the day:Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins1:00 ET…...
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