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Thomas' Saves Help B's Top Senators

by Angela Stefano / Boston Bruins
As seen on NESN -- If he ever gets bored with hockey, it’s good to know that Tim Thomas could probably become a circus acrobat.

Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators, the goalie proved once again that he can save a puck – 30 of them, in fact – from just about any position.

His gymnastics in net helped the Bruins emerge with a 4-1 victory, their first over the Sens this season.

“It was just a matter of being ready when they did get the opportunities,” Thomas told NESN after the game.  “I could see from the guys’ efforts that they were trying as hard as they could.”

Thomas, voted a Star of the Game, said that his teammates are the ones who help motivate him to play well.

“As long as the guys in front of you are trying as hard as they can, it makes it easier to do your job.

Thomas also credited his stint in Atlanta at the All-Star game with helping his game.

“I’m feeling pretty good. [The All-Star Game] obviously didn’t hurt [my playing],” he said.

“I wish it was like this all the time, but that’s not the nature of this beast.”

For now, however, Thomas is on top of his game and ranked high in the league as well.  Entering Thursday night, his save percentage of .930% led the NHL, and he was 10th in the league for goals against.

Head coach Claude Julien was pleased the goalie’s effort, as well as the whole team’s work in Ottawa.

“We had a great start,” he told Rob Simpson after the game.  “I thought we sat on our lead way too much, but at least we found a way to win, and this is a big two points for us.

“I think this has been a big challenge for us this week.

“The biggest test remains to be seen on Saturday [against the number one ranked Detroit Red Wings] on home ice.”
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