You can call it a Carolina hat trick for Tim Thomas.
The Bruins goaltender stopped 25 of 27 shots tonight to follow up his All-Star Game victory from Sunday in Raleigh with another victory — one that actually counts — tonight in that same RBC Center, 3-2, over the Hurricanes.
Combined with a 3-2 road win over the Hurricanes Jan. 18, Thomas earned three victories on RBC Center ice this season. His save percentage in the two regular-season contests was an astounding .944 (68-for-72). He also beat Carolina three out of four times in the season series.
Thomas’ All-Star rival Cam Ward made 30 saves on 33 shots for Carolina.
Here’s a glance at the rest of the box score:
•Boston’s offense came from Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron. Horton snapped a 10-game goal drought, while Paille scored his first goal of the season (24 games played).
•Defenseman Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with eight shots on goal. He recorded two assists, was plus-1 and helped keep Carolina star Eric Staal off the score sheet.
•Former Bruins winger Sergei Samsonov recorded two assists for the ‘Canes.
•Tyler Seguin skated just one third-period shift and eight for the entire game for a total of 6:37 of ice time.