Voters speak, so Bruins’ Thomas to answer the call for All-Star Game

Thomas/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — The Bruins had the morning off today after beating New Jersey, 6-1, last night on the road.

But that didn’t mean they couldn’t make some news. The NHL announced that Tim Thomas was among the six starters named to the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa, as selected by online fan voting.

Thomas has followed up his Vezina Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Stanley Cup championship season with a stellar start to the 2011-12 campaign. He is 17-6-0 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. He has won 14 of his last 16 decisions.

Head coach Claude Julien said this morning that he has no problem with Thomas representing his team in Ottawa because the Bruins’ goaltending depth will allow for plenty of rest over the course of the rest of the season.

“I don’t think it’s going to be that much different, because when you look at Tuukka’s [Rask] game, he’s certainly capable of handling some games and playing well, and so far he’s played as well as Timmy has, so Timmy will get his rest,” said Julien, whose team hosts Calgary at the TD Garden tonight. “And as far as I’m concerned, it’s an honor for him to be voted as a starter and well-deserved. So unless there’s any reason for him not to go, I’m very supportive of him going. It’s a thrill to be there, it’s enjoyable and we’ll find him rest in other places because we have the luxury of having a great goaltender in Tuukka that can certainly handle more games than he’s given.”

The rest of the starters round out a Northeast Division All-Star team, with Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf joined by Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek and Erik Karlsson. The All-Star Game is scheduled for Jan. 29.

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