Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
is not known for doing things by the book, but has shown that isn’t a factor when stopping the puck from going in the net.
“He’s got a different style, a very unique style,” said Tyler Seguin
of the goalie. “But I think the number one thing why he’s good is he’s such a competitor.”
Once again proving himself both one of the league’s consistent competitors and elite goaltenders, Thomas was recently awarded the NHL’s 1st Star of the month for November.
“It’s always nice to be acknowledged,” said the B’s goalie.
However, a modest Thomas refused to take all the credit for his accomplishment.
“If they had a first star for the team award, you could have given it to the team,” explained the Black & Gold's netminder. “We found many different ways to win and it showed up on my win-record which is part of why I’m getting personal recognition.”
But no one on the Bruins discounts Thomas' .941 save percentage, 1.76 GAA, three shutouts and a perfect 9-0-0 record in November.
Clearly, Thomas was the backbone to the his team’s 12-0-1 month.
“He’s been so good for us and such a valuable asset to our team,” added B’s Head Coach Claude Julien, “especially when he’s at the top of his game.”
#30 being at the top of his game last month helped the B’s be on top of theirs -- and vice versa.
“We were a really good team in November,” said Thomas. “Whether we were behind or got the lead or it was a tight game, we just stayed in control and did what we needed to do to have more goals on the board than the other team at the end of the game.”
However, Thomas knows an impressive November didn’t come easy for his club, particularly after a slow start to the season surrounded by the hype of the last year’s Stanley Cup victory.
“At the beginning there in camp, even at the beginning of the season, it was a carryover from June as far as the media, the responsibilities, the appearances, this and that make such a busy schedule," said Thomas. “We got so far behind the eight-ball.”
But the B’s would eventually catch up and after a tough October that ended with back-to-back losses against the Montreal Canadiens, November 1st came and so did the B’s "A" game.
“We settled into the season and it became more like a normal hockey season,” explained Thomas. “We got that hunger back and confidence that we can and want to win every game that we can and I think that helped a lot.”