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Tim Thomas is the NHL’s Player of the Month for November

Dec 1, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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Millions of men woke up this morning, looked at themselves in the mirror, whipped out the razor and bid adieu to their dusters, signifying that — yes indeed — Movember is now over.

To celebrate, the National Hockey League announced that Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was named Player of the Month.

(Appropriate, given the mask Thomas rocked throughout Movember.)

Thomas won all nine of his starts, which included three shutouts — one against Toronto, then two back-to-back against the Isles and Habs. His save percentage for the month was .941, topping his seemingly untoppable .938 from a season ago (an NHL record.) Most impressive, though, was the role he played in Boston’s amazing turnaround. The Bruins started November dead last in the Northeast Division at 4-7-0.

Today, they’re in first place at 15-7-1.

Second star of the month went to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews. Captain Serious pushed the Blackhawks to a first-place tie with Detroit in the Central Division with a huge effort — nine goals and 18 points, including a late-month evisceration of California. He had 2G3A-5PTS in a win over the Ducks on Nov. 25, then followed that up with the game-winning goal 24 hours later against Los Angeles.

Third star went to Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul. He registered at least a point in 12 of the Leafs’ 14 November games and saved his best performance for one of the biggest games — three assists in a 7-1 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. Lupul now has 30 points on the year, second-most in the NHL and just two back of the leader — teammate Phil Kessel.

Of note, Kessel was the NHL’s Player of the Month for October.

  1. govtminion - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    It’s scary when he plays like that. The weird style he plays, the focus he has… reminds me a lot of Hasek, but not as loopy upstairs- and with a bit of a mean streak.

    I just hope this is the way he’s playing for the season, and that he’s not getting all the good stuff out of the way early- I want this kind of play in April and May!

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      He’s NOT as loopy? We’re talking about a guy who won the Stanley Cup looking like some sort of magnificent goaltending lumberjack and solved a turnover that left a Sedin in the clear by sallying forth and delivering a leaping bodycheck to him. Tim Thomas is out of his freaking mind and it’s glorious to behold.

  2. rogersjd16 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Guy is such a stud. I know he leaves himself (and B’s) succeptible to rebounds off boards, but he cuts down angles so well and just has such a nose for the puck, especially on one-timers and deflections. But seriously, lets hope this play is continuing in the late Winter and Spring. Whole team too, not just Timmy. But man they look so systematic and methodical right now.

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