WILMINGTON, Mass. — Dont’ worry about Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas still stewing in his juices after he was unable to close out the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday in the Bruins’ 8-5 win. Thomas was removed in favor of Manny Fernandez after the second intermission with the Bruins holding a 6-5 lead.
“Pretty easily,” Thomas said today after practice at Ristuccia Arena when asked how he turns the page after a rough night in the crease. “Say for example, if you get a shutout, you have to turn the page. It’s the same process every time. Plus we won, 8-5. It’s like if you’re a pitcher for the Red Sox but you end up winning 11-10. Who cares in the overall picture? It’s better than losing 2-1 and not getting the run support.”
Of course, it’s taken some time to learn how to deal with disappointment and even jubilation so that he can keep on an even keel.
“I usually turn the page by the next game,” he said.”But I’d probably carry it into the next day a little more (when I was younger). It’s definitely something that comes with experience. Certainly, you have these nights over the course of a career. I’ve had them in Providence, I’ve had them in the NHL – once or twice every year that I’ve been in the NHL. And look around. (San Jose’s Evgeni) Nabokov let up six last night (to Detroit).”