BostonBruins.com – For the fourth consecutive time, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas will appear in the All-Star game.
Thomas was the leading vote getter with 626,540 votes, 128,465 more than Toronto’s James Reimer.
The Bruins veteran goaltender has earned a victory in the last three All-Star games (2008, 2009, 2011*) and was excited to be selected as the top netminder by the fans.
“It’s an honor to be the number one vote getter for a goalie,” Thomas said before yesterday’s game against the Calgary Flames. “Obviously, it hasn’t always been that way – I’ve been lucky enough to be in the three previous to this.
"This is a little bit of a different scenario, but all I can say is I’m happy about it.”
When asked if he was concerned about the All-Star break cutting into the 37-year old goaltender’s rest, Thomas said he is accustomed to the long haul of the NHL season at this point in his career.
“I’m relatively used to it now,” Thomas said. “The previous three games I’ve taken part in, and the year we didn’t have the game [in 2010] I was in the Olympics. I’m used to not having a lot of breaks in the season.
"The way our schedule played out this year, I think we had three days off in a row during Christmas time, which was very welcoming. I think that’s more than I’ve had in previous years. I’m just happy we got those days.”
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said he doesn’t think it will be an issue either, and the heightened play of goaltender Tuukka Rask will help Thomas get rest when needed.
“When you look at Tuukka’s [Rask] game, he’s certainly capable of handling some games and playing well, and so far he’s played as well as Timmy [Thomas] has, so Timmy will get his rest,” Julien said. “And as far as I’m concerned, it’s an honor for him to be voted as a starter and well deserved.
"So unless there’s any reason for him not to go, I’m very supportive of him going. It’s a thrill to be there – it’s enjoyable.”
--- Anthony Gulizia