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Bruins excited to face their former goalie Tim Thomas

Oct 16, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

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It seemed inevitable that when Tim Thomas signed with the Florida Panthers, he’d eventually face his old team, the Boston Bruins.

On Wednesday, it was made official: Thomas, the 39-year-old puck stopper, will start for Panthers when they face the Bruins on Thursday.

The evening event, previous in doubt when Thomas was recently felled by a groin injury, is sure to bring back fond memories for both sides.

Thomas was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2011, when he backstopped the Bruins to their Stanley Cup championship over the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-game series.

“As a teammate he was everything you would want as far as coming to play every night, and bringing that competitive edge all the time,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic told CSNNE.com.

“I won’t say anything bad about him. I got to spend five years with him and got to see the best level that any goalie played at in those five years. That’s the most you could ask from your goaltender. He was a big part of us winning.”

For his part, Thomas will not speak to the media until after Thursday’s game.

  1. nhstateline - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Agree with Milan. Thomas was a battler in every game he played with the Bruins. He didn’t take nights off and got on a run in the 11 playoffs that will be hard for any goalie to duplicate for a good while. Then rather than just cash a paycheck for a year while not having any interest, he walked away. Nothing but respect for him doing that. A lot of people would not have just walked away from that kind of money.

  2. cliverush - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Without Tim Thomas there would not be the excitement in the memories of a Stanley Cup winning team. Thanks Tim.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Without TT, there would be no memories of a Stanley Cup winning team in Boston in 2011. Without TT, the Bruins Stanley Cup photos would all still be black & white.

      And we have this gem from Lucic, “He was a big part of us winning.”, someone mentioned players being required to go through the concussion protocol on another story. Exhibit A – Milan Lucic.

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