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Tim Thomas to start vs. Bruins on Thursday

Oct 16, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

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Tomorrow night’s Boston-Florida game will be a special one.

The Panthers have announced that Tim Thomas will return from a four-game absence (groin) and start on Thursday against the Bruins, the team he backstopped to the 2011 Stanley Cup.

Thomas, 39, hasn’t played since allowing two goals on five shots in just over seven minutes of action against Philadelphia last week.

He left with a groin injury, sat out the following four games (during which backup Jacob Markstrom went 1-3-0 and allowed 16 goals) but is now apparently fit enough to participate in what promises to be a compelling game.

Thomas appeared in nearly 400 regular season contests and 50 playoff games for the Bruins, emerging as one of the best netminders in franchise history.

He made four All-Star games and captured two Vezinas, a Jennings and Conn Smythe Trophy — joining Bobby Orr as the only Bruin to ever win playoff MVP.

Related: Thomas won’t talk to media ’til after Bruins-Panthers game (Updated)

  1. joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Yikes! Old and injured facing the Bruins. Not the best way to come back. Prediction here; he’ll get yanked before the game is over. Don’t spend much time watching the cats, but might make an exception this time around.

  2. ronswansonn - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    As a Bs fan I’ll always have love for Thomas for what he did. But he’s gunna get shelled in this game

    • hockey412 - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      Are the Bruins going to bring someone with them that can hit the net, then?

      • ronswansonn - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        That’d be funny if Florida wasn’t 28th in the league in goals against. The Providence Bruins could find the net against them.

      • hockey412 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Point taken.

  3. bleedrangerblue - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Tell him Obama is attending the game and he’ll be a no show….

  4. joeyg97 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Hope he shuts him out

  5. joeyg97 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Them*

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