Boston goalie Tim Thomas
had another big night for the Bruins on Wednesday.
Thomas, who has won his last two games and stands second in league goals against average (1.37) fourth in wins (10) and first in save percentage (.959) and shutouts (4), stopped 34 shots in last night's 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
Thomas began the game with a 3-6-3 mark against the Rangers, but said he didn't dwell on that.
"Actually the last few I've played in here I think, personally, I've played pretty fairly well and had some big games," said Thomas to NESN's Naoko Funayama, postgame.
After a beat, the affable goalie added, "Or, at least that's they way I remember it and that's a good way to remember something going into it.
"Even if it's not true that's the better way to think of it," he said.
Next time he travels to New York, Thomas won't have to manufacture any pleasant memories. Last night, the B's goalie tied Andy Mood for 6th on the all-time Bruins list for goaltending wins at 136. But even he admitted that the final result was in serious jeopardy throughout the proceedings.
The Rangers Brandon Dubinsky beat Thomas at 7:10 of the first and that had the B's goalie demonstrably angry.
"I don't think it went where he was aiming," said Thomas, who waved disgustedly at the goal. "I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure he'd tell you he was just as surprised as I was.
"And it's just, you know, it's frustrating any time you get scored on, but then on one like that -- those bother me even in practice."
Thomas has been a cooler "Tank" this season and has worked hard at maintaining an even keel, even in practices. But his own mistake at 14:13 of the third had Thomas angry at himself again.
"Well, first of all, I felt partially responsible for the 5-on-3 because I played the puck to Zee when maybe he wasn't ready for it and he ended up [having it fly] off his stick there into the net," said Tim of the original man-advantage for New York. "So I really wanted to kill off that 5-on-3 for that reason, and because it's getting near the end of the game and if we kill his off we're probably gonna make it."
So come hell or high water, nothing was getting by Thomas, who shut the door and kept the Bruins in the lead for the remainder of regulation.
"That was my approach," said Thomas. "I was just going to throw anything I could at it to keep it out."
At this point, does anyone expect anything less?