It’s been a while for Tim Thomas.
But the polarizing 39-year-old goaltender collected the win for the Florida Panthers against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
It was Thomas’ first win since April 22, 2012, when he was competing for the Boston Bruins in the opening round of the playoffs against the Washington Capitals.
Thomas, the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, took the entire 2013 season off, before coming back for the 2013-14 campaign.
As an unrestricted free agent, he signed a one-year deal worth $3.75 million toward the end of September.
On Thursday, he allowed only two goals on 27 shots, as the Panthers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Stars by a final of 4-2.
“I said after the first, ‘how good is Thomas?’,” Panthers forward Scottie Upshall told the Miami Herald. “He makes the saves, catches the puck. He’s the backbone of this team.”
Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have a reputation for dirty hits, but he drew the Washington Capitals’ ire for a hit on Matt Niskanen.
The Capitals consider Niskanen “probable” to return to Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins with what they’re calling an upper-body injury. Bergeron received a two-minute boarding penalty for the infraction.
(Check out video of the hit above.)
The Capitals’ Twitter acknowledged the brewing bad feelings.
Does Bergeron deserve supplemental discipline for that boarding hit?
Washington currently leads the game 3-2.
There are plenty of hazards on an NHL rink even if you’re not a player.
Barry Trotz ranks among the coaches who’ve been hit by pucks, though he’s one of the tiny sliver of humans who would shake off a puck to the forehead. It can be dangerous for officials, too, whether it means a wayward puck or wayward player.
The latest example comes in the form of linesman Steve Miller needing help off the ice after a puck hit him in the knee area. As you can see from the video, it looked like he was in serious pain.
It’s refreshing that hockey fans have, for the most part, moved on from debating Tyler Bozak‘s merits.
The general feeling is that the Toronto Maple Leafs use him in appropriate ways these days, so we can simply enjoy his work as a pretty spiffy hockey player.
Speaking of spiffy, check out the sweet moves he made against the Minnesota Wild for the goal above. Feels like you could dub over a Chris Berman “whoop” or two in there, right?
(If you’re into that kind of thing.)
Here’s that gaudy move in isolation and in GIF form:
Even with two games in hand, some might be surprised to see the Washington Capitals tied with the Boston Bruins in standings points in early December.
That’s the case on Wednesday Night Rivalry, as a somewhat up-and-down Capitals team (which is glad to welcome T.J. Oshie back) hosts a Bruins squad that’s riding a three-game winning streak.
It should be an interesting matchup on NBCSN, which you can also watch online or via the NBC Sports App.
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