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No Panic in Thomas

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- As the B's prepare for their matinee matchup with the Nashville Predators on Saturday, veterans in the Boston locker room are taking a calm approach to recent downturn in the team's play.

Asked if it was a natural time for the B's to fight through a slump, Boston goaltender Tim Thomas said, "I don’t know if there’s ever a natural time for anything, it just happens."

Akin to Thomas' repeated refrain of "that's hockey", the netminders calm demeanor signaled that there is no panic in in the Bruins locker room.

"It can be at the beginning, towards the end – it’s the nature of the game," said Thomas of slumps. "If we could play as well as we did in November and December, the whole year long, well that would be great but that’s not reality for any team.

"Whether it’s us or either teams, you go through cycles and we happen to be in a cycle we have to battle out of."

The B's don't want all the work they put into the first half of the season to be for naught, however Thomas doesn't want to make more of any one game than need be - even Wednesday's 6-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

"In the big picture it doesn’t matter if it was 2-0, 2-1 or 6-0 -- it’s about the two points," said Thomas. "We’ve had other games this year where we got scored on a few goals, but we were able to score at the same time.

"We just have to regroup and be ready to do what it takes to get the success that we want on the ice on Saturday."

Thomas was asked if the B's had learned from fighting through similar downturns over the past several seasons.

"I think you can look at that and learn from it so you don’t panic, but you also got to look back and remember what it took to get us out of it last year," said Thomas. "Then you can maybe draw off that lesson to help you get out of it this year.

"But I’m just a goalie, that’s more the coaches realm."

Thomas' name cropped up in his head coach's media availability on Thursday, and for the the second time in less than a month, Tim's Facebook account garnered some attention.

Julien was asked if Thomas' most recent post on his Facebook account regarding health could be a distraction to the Bruins.

"No, I don’t think so," said the B's bench boss. "Again I don’t think I’ve heard anybody, starting from our owner, to management to coaches and players -- I don’t think I’ve heard anybody support his opinions –- but I’ve heard everybody say that we support him as a player and we do.

"We have good team chemistry in that dressing room and...I’ve said this before, we don’t mix politics with our hockey team and that continues to happen."

The B's goaltender also faced questions about his Facebook comment, too. But said he would simply stick to hockey.

"I say that that’s my personal life – it has absolutely nothing to do with the Bruins or hockey," said Thomas. "I’m going to use my right to remain silent."
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