Tag: Tim Thomas


Thomas appreciates Bruins fans’ standing ovation


Even after he left them with a season remaining on his contract, Boston Bruins fans still love Tim Thomas. At least that’s the message those at the TD Garden sent when they gave him a standing ovation during last night’s 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Of course, Thomas wasn’t in goal for Florida to counter Tuukka Rask. Although the 39-year-old goaltender is close to returning from a lower-body injury, he needed a bit more time.

Still, he was happy to be back in Boston.

“I was hoping for that kind of reaction from the fans,” Thomas told the Miami Herald. “I loved playing here. I loved Boston. It was nice to see that response.”

Thomas is expected to be available on Saturday. He hasn’t been his old self so far this season, but the Panthers certainly need all the help they can get.

If you want to see the standing ovation and the game’s highlights, you can view them below:

Seventh straight loss leads to ‘yelling and cursing’ in Panthers locker room


When your team is on a seven-game losing streak, it’s only a matter of time before things blow up. Add the Florida Panthers to Thursday’s trio of teams that needed post-defeat meetings, as the Miami Herald’s George Richards describes the angry scene:

If you’re a Panthers fan looking for a reason for optimism, there’s one promising sign and one troubling bit:

Good: Tim Thomas expects to be back on Saturday, according to Richards.

Bad: The Panthers play two more games on the road, one against mighty Anaheim at home, then face a five-game road trip in the rugged West. So, to review, a team on a seven-game losing streak will play seven of their next eight games on the road.

Yikes. At least they have a five-game homestand after that run, right? (Waits for jokes about the 2014 NHL Draft …)

Goalie nods: Talbot goes for Rangers, Wild ride Harding

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Some news and notes from the blue paint…

Talbot starts for New York

Henrik Lundqvist gets a breather after starring in a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, as the Rangers will give rookie Cam Talbot the start tonight in Columbus. Talbot has done well since inheriting the Rangers’ backup gig from Martin Biron, going 2-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .929 save percentage.

Tonight, Talbot will face a tough test as Columbus counters with the reigning Veniza Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky.

Harding goes again

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s what Minnesota appears to be doing at the moment as Josh Harding will look for his sixth straight win tonight against Washington. Harding is coming off a stellar performance on Tuesday vs. Calgary — stopping 25 of 26 shots in a 5-1 win — and comes into Thursday’s game boasting great numbers across the board: 8-2-1 record, 1.09 GAA, .951 save percentage.

For Washington, Braden Holtby will get the nod after playing well lately, having won six of his last eight starts.


— As we reported earlier, Kevin Poulin gets the start for the Islanders tonight against the ‘Canes, who will counter with Justin Peters.

Scott Clemmensen will be in goal for Florida tonight in Boston, facing off against Tuukka Rask. No Tim Thomas at TD Garden tonight.

Martin Brodeur is in net for the Devils tonight against Philly, but the Flyers have yet to officially name their starter. CSN Philly’s Sarah Baicker reports Ray Emery will get the nod over Steve Mason.

— Carey Price vs. Robin Lehner in Montreal-Ottawa, Reto Berra vs. Brian Elliott in Calgary-St. Louis.

— Ben Bishop will get the goal for Tampa vs. Edmonton, and it’s likely that Devan Dubnyk will be in goal for the Oilers.

Panthers in Boston tonight, but Thomas won’t play


Tim Thomas is back in Boston, but not in a playing capacity.

That was the story at TD Garden on Thursday as the Panthers prepped to face the Bruins — Thomas, who led the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup, took the optional morning skate before Florida head coach Kevin Dineen said the 39-year-old wouldn’t play in this evening’s affair.

(Thomas is currently on IR, but is eligible to be activated. Also, according to various reporters in Boston, Panthers PR confirmed Thomas wouldn’t be speaking to the media.)

Despite Thomas not playing, he was still a hot-button subject on Thursday, especially when Boston head coach Claude Julien was asked about Thomas’ role in the ’11 Cup win.

“Tim Thomas doesn’t win a Stanley Cup if our team doesn’t play as well as it did in front of him,” Julien explained, as per CSNNE. “This is an honest statement.

“Tim played well, but you don’t win a Stanley Cup just with a goalie.”

Thomas, who captured the Conn Smythe trophy in 2011 as playoffs MVP, finished that postseason with a 16-9 record, a 1.98 GAA and .940 save percentage.

Florida’s Versteeg unsure if he’ll be a healthy scratch again Tuesday (Updated)

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Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg didn’t do much to mask his disdain about being a healthy scratch – allegedly for the first time in the NHL – on Saturday. He said the right things about fighting his way back into the lineup, although he also admitted to the Miami Herald that he isn’t a guarantee to play in the team’s next game Tuesday.

“I have to earn my time back,” Versteeg said. “It’s not easy but you keep working. You get paid a lot of money to play a game you love, so you roll with the good times and deal with the bad times and try to always come out on top, do the best with the opportunity you’re given. I’m fine. I know what’s expected of myself.”

The 27-year-old acknowledged that he might be slowed by recovering from last season’s knee injury, but also believes he’s been working hard.

Head coach Kevin Dineen was coy about whether Versteeg will be back in the lineup. To be fair to Dineen, Versteeg has only managed an assist in his last five games played.

To add a little optimism to the situation, maybe Versteeg will come up with some new form of flashy mustache and/or Hulk Hogan hair to marvel us with now that he has a little downtime?


source: Getty Images


source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Tim Thomas (lower body) won’t dress on Tuesday but is expected to travel with the team.

Update (Tuesday, 10:37 a.m. ET)