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Tim Thomas collects first win as member of Panthers

Oct 3, 2013, 11:52 PM EST

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It’s been a while for Tim Thomas.

But the polarizing 39-year-old goaltender collected the win for the Florida Panthers against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

It was Thomas’ first win since April 22, 2012, when he was competing for the Boston Bruins in the opening round of the playoffs against the Washington Capitals.

Thomas, the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, took the entire 2013 season off, before coming back for the 2013-14 campaign.

As an unrestricted free agent, he signed a one-year deal worth $3.75 million toward the end of September.

On Thursday, he allowed only two goals on 27 shots, as the Panthers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Stars by a final of 4-2.

“I said after the first, ‘how good is Thomas?’,” Panthers forward Scottie Upshall told the Miami Herald. “He makes the saves, catches the puck. He’s the backbone of this team.”

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Thomas looked sharp. Both teams looked good as that was a great game.

  2. blomfeld - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    “He’s the backbone of this team,” Panthers forward Scott Upshall said about Thomas …

    Truly unbelievable when you consider that it was only a few days ago that this man showed up to the Panther’s training camp on a PTO basis ! … talk about redemption eh ? … anyway, even though I’m not into this ‘survivalist’ stuff like bunkers, stockpiled provisions and tax evasion, I nonetheless wish Thomas well … he and his ilk (Roy) are good for the game and besides, I will be be forever grateful for the number he did on the Canucks two years ago ! :)

    GO THOMAS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • drewzducks - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Well spoken as always my friend. But I’m surprised you missed the most obvious and fitting video of all.

      Hail my Bruins ! Hail your Kings ! And all hail THE KING !

      • blomfeld - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        *** Just yesterday out on the great plain ***

        Blomfeld: who is this lone rider that goes before us ?

        Ten Bears: I believe he may be one of those from the great Bruin nation ?

        Crazy Dog: well whatever … does this guy even know where we can find some chicks ?

        Blomfeld: be patient friend, as armies of women await us … let us talk to this man …

        Comrade Drewzducks: right now it’s ‘good times’ here in the House of Blomfeld, as Luongo is being lit up like some cheap ‘Made in China’ Christmas tree ! … you gotta love that eh ? :) … anyway, thanks for your ‘excellent’ video selection which I’ll have you know, is one of my absolute favorites of all time … very poignant and very sad, yet so ‘moving’ in a timeless way …

        *** special ‘executive’ video selection for Drewzducks ***

      • mgp1219 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        drewzducks,

        You call yourself a Bruins fan???!!! Any self respecting Bruins fan would never fall in line with blomfeld. Game misconduct for you.

      • drewzducks - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Sorry pal. Been a fan since the says of the Lunch Pail Gang, love The King and respect the Kings and their style of play.

      • blomfeld - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        Mgp1219 – Listen up you junk ! As a youngster growing up in Montreal in the 60’s, Bobby Orr and the Bruins were my first ever ‘favorite’ sports team. I didn’t like the Frenchies and I didn’t like the Habs. So when me, my mom and sister we were on that CN train migrating out west to Vancouver in ’69, as a nine year old I wrote an ‘actual’ full-page letter of allegiance to the Boston Bruins to some ‘make-believe’ address in Boston which in my ‘limited’ thinking at the time, probably never even got off the train ! The bottom line friend is that scum like you are ordained to be ‘removed’ from the equation … and the sooner that happens, the better for all of us !

        !

  3. tbbolts91 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Just Thomas’s credentials would give me confidence on the ice. His first NHL game not as a bruin

  4. nightfireop - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    where are all the tim thomas haters now??

    • arlingtonrob - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      It’s one game…and it was the Stars. Let’s see what things look like in a couple months.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        My fear is that we won’t be judging him in a couple months, but the final scores we see, and the assumptions that come with them.

      • hubeydubeydoo11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        As stressful as it is to watch him play, cuz of his aggressive playing style, he is still a good goaltender. He will greatly help out young Markstrom while getting some wins. He is more there to Help markstrom then anything else. Our goal-tending is better now then it was last year and our D is among the Deepest in the league right now. Im not to worried about how the panthers will do this year. We will make a push for that wild card for sure

    • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Not a hater but more a skeptic of his ability to return and play a full lesson with brilliance after being out a full season. One game does not a season make. I wrote that if he does sign they should tie his salary to games played and wins. Ex: 800k base, plus x amount per start and another x amount per win, x bonus if yet make the playoffs, and x amount for each round win. But! What do I know? Maybe the guy is phenom.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        you dont know much apparently

      • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Very insightful. Thank you. :-)

    • mgp1219 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      right here!

    • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      We can also include at least 29 GMs who passed on him. Well! Maybe 28 GMs.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Welcome back Timmy

  6. LampyB - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    This is going to be an awesome nhl season. Im psyched, cant wait to see more wins for thomas. Time to shut the doubters up.

  7. pastabelly - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Thomas is only polarizing in terms of his politics, not his game.

    His walking on his last deal might have related more to pride and the Bruins moving Rask to the point where Tuukka was to be an equal with Thomas in 2013 and taking over beyond that. That had to be tough for Thomas, coming off a mediocre series loss to Washington, in which he was outplayed by Holtby. He needed a break. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be one of the better goalies in the league.

  8. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Fantasy hockey question here: would it be worth dropping Miller for Thomas in a league that counts W, SA, GAA, SV%, and SO? I don’t plan to watch a whole lot of Florida or Buffalo games this year so advice is welcome.

    • hockeydon10 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Yeah, I’d say it would. Even if one would be inclined to considers the goalies to be about equal in terms of skill, Florida simply isn’t as bad a team as Buffalo.

      The only caveat that might throw a wrench in this is if Miller gets traded to a better team early in the season and that team then couples his skill with existing players and he ends up looking better. But that’s pretty unlikely given the rarity of top goalies getting traded at all, let alone early in a season.

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Florida has some great D to help out timmy! Top Dmen who are willing to block shots and be defensive. Myers for buffalo didnt look to good the other night but he may just be shaking some cob webs off.

  9. greenmtnboy31 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    “polarizing 39-year-old goaltender”??????? Where is that coming from? A guy stands up for what he believes in and that makes him polarizing? The POTUS is the most polarizing, incompetent figure in the land and Thomas, rightfully so, wanted nothing to do with him.

    • dropthepuckeh - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      He’s polarizing and fanatical if you don’t agree with his politics while these same liberals pride themselves on being so open minded and accepting. I love TT regardless of his politics. The Bruins don’t win the Cup in 2011 without him. Period.

      Florida is lucky to have him and they are fortunate he has the chip on his shoulder once again. I will be rooting for him every game other than those against the Bruins.

    • hockeydon10 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Yes, polarizing.

      Polarizing is not a negative word.

      Polarizing: to cause people to adopt extreme opposing positions.

      Thomas made comments that were polarizing.
      Or, said another way;
      Thomas made comments that caused people to adopt extreme opposing positions.

      Do you disagree that he made comments that caused people to adopt extreme opposing positions?

      There is nothing wrong with being called polarizing. It is not a negative to call someone polarizing. It’s simply a word describing him. The same way one might use a word to describe his goaltending style as “battlefly”.

      Sheesh.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        “But the polarizing 39-year-old goaltender collected the win for the Florida Panthers against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.”

        Polarizing is most certainly being used in a negative context.

        Thomas expressed his disdain for our incompetent POTUS and chose not to entertain him. Our liberal media then created a story out of it and this dipsh!t “author” wants to give it legs.

        Try to keep up.

  10. cliverush - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Tim will return to the Boston Garden as a member of the opposition but will hear the cheers from fans who know that without him there would not be a recent cup in town. Thanks Tim.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Cup, capital C.

  11. slysipops - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    KUDOS for TIMMIE ! WHAT A GUY OF PRINCIPLES !

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