Top 10 of 2010: #7 Thomas’ terrific star ends Tiny’s reign in Bruins’ books

Thomas/By S. Bradley

TheBruinsBlog.net looks back at the top 10 Bruins moments of calendar year 2010.

Tim Thomas admitted earlier this season he didn’t know much about Hall-of-Famer Cecil “Tiny” Thompson. At least now Thomas knows one thing about the former Bruins goaltender: he once held the  club record for best start by a netminder.

That record now belongs to Thomas, who set the mark with his seventh straight win from the outset of the season in a 5-2 triumph at Buffalo Nov. 2. The win by Thomas, along with his remarkable resurgence after an injury-riddled, less-productive 2009-10 season, has made Thomas that talk of the calendar year ’10.

Thomas carried a goals-against average of 0.50 into that game and had his shutout streak of 167 minutes, 12 seconds snapped in that victory, but — as he put it — “Tank” replaced “Tiny” at the top of one category in the Bruins’ record books.

Among his 33 saves that night, Thomas robbed Derek Roy late on a shot on the rush.

As 2010 drew nearer to a close, Thomas was still leading the NHL in save percentage and GAA, as he pursued not just another Vezina Trophy, but another accomplishment on “Tiny” Thompson’s resume that every Bruins player wants — a Stanley Cup win.

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