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Tim Thomas isn’t pumping Holtby’s or his teammates’ tires

Apr 19, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

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There were some curious reactions to comments made by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas following Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Capitals. According to ESPN Boston’s Jimmy Murphy, an interview Thomas conducted with NESN did little to compliment Braden Holtby’s great game and seemed to point the finger of blame at his teammates for only scoring once.

Tweets, from Murphy:

“Just watched Tim Thomas on NESN post-game. Calls out teammates. Not surprised.”

“Funny how according to Thomas two goals Caps scored and goals Bruins didn’t score are on Thomas’ teammates. #blameeveryoneelse”

“Tim Thomas apparently not part of goalie’s union. Doesn’t give any credit to Braden Holtby and blames teammates.”

More, from NESN:

“We had a lot of shots, but as far as high-quality scoring chances? I wouldn’t say we got a lot of those,” Thomas said. “If you’re going to get those shots and get pucks to the need you need people in front of the net screening, tipping and getting rebounds.

“That’s seems to be our problem this series, getting that down.”

OK, to be fair, Thomas might just be staying on point. After all, he said it wasn’t his job to “pump Roberto Luongo‘s tires” so maybe he shouldn’t be expected to do so for Holtby, either.

Haggerty also collected David Krejci‘s thoughts on the game, which seem pretty reasonable since the Boston Bruins fired 45 shots on Holtby.

“Maybe we panicked too much, I guess,” Krejci said. “I don’t know. I think we had so many chances we could have won the game. That’s the story of the game.”

Haggerty reports that Krejci also used the term “frustrated” six times, so while Thomas and his teammates might not see eye-to-eye on the source of the blame in Game 4, there might be a consensus on the resulting emotions.

  1. rarelyshaves - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    this honestly didnt make any sense to me

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Just leave the guy Thomas alone. Verona trophy winner and a Stanley cup champion. What more do you want from him?

    • tonyromoisterrible - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:57 AM

      How about a little class? He is a classless fat POS.

    • habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:25 AM

      What a typical American Clown you are. Go watch beach volleyball or surfing and leave Hockey to the grown-ups.

      • mcmurphy22 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Is that what you think Americans do? I mean I’m not offended…confused…wondering if I’m doing the “American” thing wrong. More insight please habsman.

      • habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Please refer back to many previous posts from sharksfan11 and you’ll understand.

      • mcmurphy22 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Gotcha. West coast is a different beast altogether.

      • habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Left coast.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:17 AM


    • rainyday56 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:46 AM


  4. grudenthediva - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    It’s all Obama’s fault, right Timmy?

    • flavadave10 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Why didn’t the Capitals let Obama shoot on the empty net?

  5. hockeyflow33 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    I’m not seeing the perceived slight. Anyone who watched the game would say the same thing.

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:17 AM

      This assumes rational, thinking individuals, not pack animals ready to pounce on the slightest percieved weakness.

      I was thinking the same thing. You can take 100 shots on net and if they’re not good quality shots then you won’t score. The B’s had a few decent chances, and they need to dig deeper to finish those off. Stop treating the puck like a hot potato and use your skill set to get the D off their game.

      • east96st - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        “You can take 100 shots on net and if they’re not good quality shots then you won’t score.”

        Clearly, you’ve never watched a Blue Jackets game. In Columbus, that puts 92 on the board for the visitors.

    • mcmurphy22 - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Couldnt agree more. He hit the nail on the head with not getting bodies to the net.

  6. kyungmin - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    It seems Thomas is a bit of a sore loser. After game one (a game B’s won 1-0), Thomas complemented Holtby (even mentioned his name doing it!) during the post-game presser. Now that they lose…

    • botlecap - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      i think thomas is just being honest. if you’ve watched these games holtby has indeed made some great saves. the truth is though that the bruins have been making his job pretty easy with the shots they have been taking – the vast majority of which are directly into his chest. the bruins have also been unable to capitalize on rebounds (especially tonight in game 4) where holtby is completely out of position to make a second save.

      not to take away from the great job the kid is doing, but i’ve watched him play earlier this year and last year and while i like him, he simply isn’t as good as everyone is making him out to be. if anything more credit ought to be going to the the capitals defense for forcing the bruins into taking easily saved shots.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Agreed, but what can you do? When you win, it’s because of your goalie, when you lose, it’s because of your goalie. You don’t make 40+ saves by being mediocre.

  7. capsfan19 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Where was this statesmanship when you slammed backstrom in the face with your blocker and tripped brouwer?

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      He wouldn’t have received a blocker to the teeth if he hadn’t slashed Thomas in the glove hand well after a reasonable player would. A goalie has to protect himself

  8. drewsylvania - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    No bias from any Caps fans on this site. Nope.

    • micasa81 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      …says God, sarcastically…

    • loinstache - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:05 AM

      says a guy who rode a hate train on the canucks?
      qq more

  9. lsxphotog - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Where did nice guy Tim Thomas go? I haven’t seen him at all this year; just disgruntled, drama queen Thomas. Either way, killer game and Boston took it to ’em with no results due to extraordinary goaltending from Washington.

  10. hockeyflow33 - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    How do people not understand he is asked these questions and then gives a response based upon said question. He’s not at a podium with a prepared speech

  11. watermelon1 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    The NHL suspends Backstrom for nothing the bruins don’t do after every whistle.

    The Caps give the Bruins 5.3 extra seconds.

    What more can you ask for?

    I suppose for the Caps to sit Ovechkin for most of the inal period? Oh wait, that happened too.

    Does Erskine make that much of a difference? I don’t know, but it’s all tied up and Ovechkin and Backstrom are PISSED.

    Can’t wait for game 5!

  12. rdurk86 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    This is a complete non-story. Almost every player in the room interviewed last night said the exact same thing Thomas said. He wasn’t calling out any particular player either. It would be a complete joke if any player took offense to what he said, it was 100% truth.

  13. dropthepuckeh - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    This article is ridiculous. If you listen to clip in its entirety it is the exact same thing Julien said – the Bruins need to get traffic in front of the net to make all of those shots mean something. He wasn’t blaming anyone or throwing anyone under the bus. He was pointing out the obvious, my five year old nephew would be able to say that. He is a goalie who understands the game and knows what his team needs to do to win. It is no different than him telling a teammate about an opposing goalie during a shootout – he understands it better than anyone.

    Caps played a tight game last night but Bruins gave it away. The top players on the Bruins will show up Saturday and I think the flood gates will open. I’ll take 2-2 in a series with no goals from Lucic, Seguin, Krejci, Marchand. They are due….

  14. musicman495 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Thomas can think all about who’s to blame while he is playing golf after this series.

  15. mgp1219 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Seems like jimmy murphy has an agenda to disparrage Thomas. This is a complete non-story.

  16. hairpie - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    I dont care if Timmy is everyones friend….. I want him to stop pucks and ultimately hold a large silver cup over his head.

  17. coacheskid - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Agreed. Holtby played great. But caps trap D is what’s causing Bs headaches
    Taking 90% of thier shots from above the circle.

    Top two lines not willing to get dirty and put the effort into getting in good rebound position

  18. habsman - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Seems like everybody is picking on the Bruins these days. Sad really, they seem like such nice boys. Especially that Bradley Marchand, a real sweetie.

    • mgp1219 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      if we took a poll, I’m sure there would be more hating on Montreal than Boston.

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Welcome back Habsman. Surely you have something better to do with your team done and home for the summer? Is your hatred that thick that you need troll message boards and write anti-Bruins comments?

      Bruins made Holtby look good – and he was – but these types of games happen in the playoffs. I like the Bruins tomorrow afternoon and I’m guessing the big guns are going to deliver for them.

      Did someone say watch out Backstrom is mad?! What would that even look like – I guy swinging his stick at people’s heads?

  19. BHN Dan - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Typical Murphy and Haggerty tying to make themselves part of the story. What did Thomas say that wasn’t accurate? The Bruins didn’t get enough traffic in front of Holtby. Julien said as much after the game.

    But, because it’s Thomas, and these two “writers” in particular have had it out for him since the White House, it’s a “controversy” and throwing his teammates under the bus.

    Give me a break. Your job is to report the stories, not insert yourself into them.

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