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Tim Thomas won’t dress tonight for Boston

Apr 3, 2012, 12:08 PM EST

Tim Thomas AP

Two weeks ago, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien told reporters he’d like to get Tim Thomas some rest.

Well, mission accomplished.

According to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins won’t dress Thomas for Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. It’s a rather abrupt decision — Haggerty had written Thomas would “most likely” rest after the Penguins game — especially since it comes against Pittsburgh, an elite Eastern Conference team.

On Sunday, Thomas got the nod against another Eastern elite in the Rangers and stopped 33 of 34 shots for a 2-1 victory, one that clinched Boston’s third straight Northeast Division title.

(Of note, Julien said Thomas will play again before the season is over. “He’s not being shut down, if that’s what you’re asking,” he told reporters.)

This paves the way for Anton Khudobin to make his regular-season debut at some point this week. The 25-year-old Russian has spent the entire year with AHL Providence but, given the injury to Tuukka Rask and Marty Turco‘s postseason ineligibility, could be Thomas’ backup when the playoffs begin on Apr. 11.

If that’s the case, no surprise Boston wants to get him some game action down the stretch. Khudobin has gone 21-19-3 in 44 games with a 2.61 GAA and .919 save percentage in Providence, but missed a large portion of March with a wrist injury.

Other notes

– Haggerty tweeted that it “appears” Turco will start vs. Pittsburgh.

– Jimmy Murphy of ESPN Boston reports forward Gregory Campbell will be back in the lineup tonight.

  1. govtminion - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    It’s all a conspiracy to screw the Flyers and make the Penguins finish ahead of them, right guys? Right? ;)

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Wet flightless waterfowl that reek of herring against a bunch of clowns in a clown car. Doesn’t need to be fixed. Let the chaos reign!

  2. mcmurphy22 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Heh. I think K makes more since but Marty was first off this morning which 9 times outta 10 makes him the starter. No McQuaid tonight which means we’ll likely see Mottau again with Corvo scratched. Still a strong D group and Soupy replacing Carron gives the forwards more bite one in the D zone.

  3. dolanster - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Maybe they go half and half like peewees.

  4. mehetmet - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    they are holding thomas out until the sabres game…just to come out full speed and TRY to keep us out.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Im guessing they are a little more worried about resting their guys as opposed to who the #8 seed will be.

  5. drewsylvania - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Rather see what Khudobin can do, so that if god forbid Thomas got hurt in the playoffs and Rask isn’t ready, we’re not totally throwing him to the wolves.

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      I hope they start Turco and then pull him mid-period for Khudobin. This is the only scenario in which Khudobin sees any playing time in the playoffs and might as well throw the kid in like that now….

  6. atb4 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Not too surprising. Boston doesn’t have anything to play for the rest of the way, right?

    • govtminion - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      They can’t bump up to first, can’t drop lower than second. I wouldn’t expect to see as much of Bergeron, Chara, etc. as usual either the next few games, with more time going to the third and fourth line guys and lower d-pairings. Relax, get rested up, and come out against Ottawa in Game 1 with the big guns firing.

      • chizmo - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        not allowed to play 4th liners anymore or you’re gutless

  7. bompster42 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Philly thinks everybody is against them who cares

    • mehetmet - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      thats because everyone is.

    • pastabelly - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      As a Bruins fan, I once thought it was impossible to dislike any teams more than Montreal. Of course, the Flyers and Canucks are the exceptions to that rule.

      • odj810 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        I have to agree, except i don’t hate the flyers nearly as much as I used to. after there season overhaul there not as bad. But Defanetly hate vancouver more then montreal. Montreal isn’t good enough to hate anymore.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        Yeah, the schadenfreude has overcome the hate temporarily.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        As a Bruins fan, you should have been grateful to get all the calls against Montreal last year. Sure they’ll be calling any Senator who goes near Timmy T, but you won’t get calls against the Rangers or Penguins. Bettman likes the rating the Rangers and Pens get, and isn’t going to be interested in a Bruins repeat story.

  8. pastabelly - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    There is no upside in giving Turco one minute of ice time. If Tuukka is ready by the time the final game of the regular season rolls around, he should play in that one.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      K is also coming off his own injury and Turco has proven that he can play

  9. seguinismyhero - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    hope the bruins dont fall off the wagon in the playoffs

  10. mannixxx - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Thomas is showing his age bigtime…he’s slower than a turtle in a bodycast…no cup for the bruins this year….or the next…etc…

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