BOSTON — You know that “puck-moving” defenseman the Boston Bruins are supposedly scouring the rosters of the other 29 NHL teams for? Goaltender Tim Thomas showed the club tonight that he might be able to fill the void if the Bruins fail to import the necessary performer.
Thomas’ pass from the Boston zone to Michael Ryder at the Anaheim blue line late in the second period led to Ryder’s second goal of the night and a 4-0 Bruins lead with 1:59 to go before the second intermission. It was Thomas’ first assist of the season and second of his career. He also registered the last point by a Bruins goaltender April 13, 2006.
“Ryder did a good job being patient and not rushing it,” said Thomas after his team’s 6-0 win. “(Matt) Hunwick actually made the play because he did the matrix to get out of the way of my pass.”
Not only was it rare to see Thomas register a point, it was also an oddity to see Thomas even attempt to add some offense. The situation was just perfect for him to flaunt his stickwork.
“That’s not usually my game,” he admitted. “Just tonight I felt pretty good with the stick for whatever reason. You’ve got to pick your times. Ninety percent of the time it’s wasted. And sometimes you should just hold it back and not try it. But I just had a feeling there that caught them all going to the bench at the same time.”