However you feel about Tim Thomas, most would agree that there are few – if any – goalies who bring the same kind of impressionistic flair to the position that Thomas does. He showed that on Saturday, as he made an astounding stop against the New Jersey Devils:
Sometimes he’s even exciting when he’s not making a save, as you can see from his little spin after giving up this goal by Michael Ryder:
So, either way, the unorthodox goalie entertains.
Update: He didn’t win, however, as Jaromir Jagr’s history-making assist powered the Devils’ 2-1 OT win against Florida. Thomas did make another big save or two, though.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.