|"Tiny" Thompson |
After the Bruins 4-0 win in Ottawa's Scotiabank Place -- historically speaking -- Tiny is now next to a Tank.Tim Thomas
, 36, is now 6-0 for the Black & Gold and stands first in the NHL in save percentage (.984), goals against average (.50) and shutouts (3).
"Some people who may not now, my nickname is 'Tank,'" said Thomas to NESN's Naoko Funayama after the 29 save shutout -- the 20th blanking of his career.
"So Tank Thomas and Tiny Thompson," said Tim of the alliterative coincidence. "That's kind of funny.
"At least I find it funny."
Certainly, the B's opponents don't find any humor in Thomas' early success, but Boston is reveling in Thomas' renaissance.
"He's a proud competitor," said Julien. "Probably the hardest working goaltender I know, and he goes out there and can't go wrong.
"People keep coming back and saying, maybe it was a fluke year and he turns around and says, 'If it was I'm going to prove it to you again.'"
Thomas, who had offseason hip surgery, says that improved and consistent technique has allowed him to continue his streak even when he didn't feel his best.
"It helped a lot tonight," said Thomas. "To be quite honest with you, my legs weren't has fresh has they had been in some of the other games.
|Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins raises his arms to celebrate his shutout win over the Ottawa Senators with teammate Adam McQuaid |
"That's where technique really helps you out on nights like this, where maybe you're not moving as well as other nights. Even though I am still moving pretty good, just not as well as the other nights.
"So, being in position is very helpful," he said.
The Bruins defense has been very helpful to Thomas, too.
"Well, the team played really good in front of me," said Thomas. "My D did an incredible job.
"[Dennis] Seidenberg, the last couple games has played awesome, blocking shots left and right. And it's not just him -- everyone has played awesome.
"So that's making my job easier. And when you get the goal support like we did tonight, you get up three to nothing -- and it's not relaxed -- but the nerves aren't as bad. It makes it easier to play," he said.
But right now, Thomas is making things pretty easy for his teammates, as well.
"When there is a big shot to be taken, there is a big save there by Timmy," said Julien. "He's doing an outstanding job for us."