Boston netminder/folk hero, Tim Thomas, will get the start tonight, and will look to be the first B’s goalie to win 30 since Byron Dafoe won 35 in 2001-02.
Thomas had 35 saves in his homecoming victory, 6-3, over Detroit on Sunday and the Flint, Michigan native was asked if the three day break between contests would affect his play this evening.
"You have to try and make it help you," said Thomas after this morning’s warm up skate. "You have to make your body and mind know, somehow, that it is back to business…vacation’s over."
Thomas’ and the Bruins have hardly been on vacation, and through two practices since their big victory over the Winged Wheels, Boston knows that they have quite a task -- both to beat their upcoming opponents, and to make headway towards getting into the postseason.
"We are trying to get into the playoffs," said Thomas. "So it hasn’t been ’just another game’ for awhile here -- not in my mind, anyways."
Nor has it been just another game in the mind of his teammates, noted Thomas.
"We just have to be ready to take care of our business, tonight."
Asked if he enjoys high-pressure situations, such as this evening, Thomas thought for a while.
"Well, in a weird way I think I play better," he explained. "But on the other hand it is more difficult."
"So, ’yes’ and ’no’ are my answers."
There is no doubt about this, True Believers, in order to get into the playoffs, the Tank will need to stand on his head for just over three weeks.