During a 2-1-0 week by the Boston Bruins, goaltender Tim Thomas — forced to play every game while Manny Fernandez recovers from injury — was almost unbeatable.
He allowed just four goals and stopped 102 shots. For his efforts between the pipes, Thomas is my Bruin of the Week for the period ending today.
Thomas came up huge down the stretch when the game was still in the balance Tuesday against Montreal. With the club protecting a one-goal lead, Thomas made a highlight-reel save on Andrei Kostitsyn. And the Bruins went on to win, 3-1.
On Long Island Thursday, Thomas was the only Bruins player to bring his ‘A’ game against the pesky Islanders. And the club needed him to make every crucial save. He did, and the Bruins avoided an embarassing loss to the worst team in the NHL.
Although the Bruins lost in Washington, Thomas was still on top of his game against the Capitals. He made 29 saves, including nine on superstar Alexander Ovechkin, who failed to register a point on the evening.
Other candidates this week were center David Krejci (1-1-2, even rating) and defenseman Zdeno Chara (2-1-3, one game-winning goals, plus-1 rating).