BOSTON — Even two All-Star Game berths, a solid seven-game playoff series last spring and some gaudy goals-against averages and save percentages the last couple years haven’t made Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas a household name.
Tonight he had a giant chance to impress more people than those American Idol contestants (relatively speaking), and he took advantage. With the game beamed to a national audience in the U.S., and of course shown in Montreal in two languages, Thomas produced maybe his most dynamic performance of the season with 34 saves in a 3-1 win over the Canadiens at TD Banknorth Garden.
“Maybe it was just the year before (last) but every time I played on Versus I had like my worst games of the year,” Thomas said after the emotional win. “And those are the ones that friends and family from Michigan get to watch the most. So I’m happy this year I’ve had a couple good games on Versus.” (more…)