MONTREAL — Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is going to face two giant challenges in the Gatorade NHL Elimination Shootout that will conclude the 2009 Honda/NHL SuperSkills Saturday night at Bell Centre.
One of those challenges came through the luck of the draw and one he brought on himself by choice.
Prior to the Eastern Conference All-Stars’ media availability, Thomas and fellow All-Star goaltenders J.S. Giguere (Anaheim), Niklas Backstrom (Minnesota) and Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers) randomly picked up pucks with the names of All-Star shooters on the underside to set up the match-ups for the shootout. In the midst of the draw, Thomas selected Washington super-sniper Alexander Ovechkin and threw his head back with an ‘oh my’ type of reaction. (more…)