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Thomas stellar vs. Wild, snaps Florida’s losing streak

Oct 19, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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In his second game back from injury, Tim Thomas stood tall.

The Florida netminder was stellar on Saturday in a 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota, stopping 30 of 31 before stoning Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu in the skills competition to record his second win of the year and snap Florida’s three-game losing streak.

Thomas, 39, returned from a groin injury on Thursday against Boston, a 3-2 loss against the club he rose to stardom with during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final run. The veteran netminder had missed four games with the groin ailment.

Thomas had to be stellar throughtout tonight’s game as Minnesota applied constant pressure, especially in overtime. With just seconds left in the extra frame, Parise redirected Koivu’s pass for a quality scoring chance, but Thomas made a sliding pad save to send it to the shootout.

Jonas Brodin and Aleksander Barkov scored in regulation for the Wild and Panthers, respectively. while both Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes tallied in the shootout for Florida.

  1. earpaniac - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Wouldn’t all hockey be a “skills competition”? Maybe everyone should use “individual skills competition” for their tired insult instead.

  2. joeyg97 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Where’s all the Thomas haters?

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      it was one game against a team, for whatever reason, can’t put the puck in the net. Don’t forget the 5 goals he gave up against St. Louis, in two periods. Or two goals in 7:31 against the Flyers, who by the way still haven’t won another game.

  3. northstarnic - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Thomas not stellar. Wild suck – can’t score.
    I’m pissed .

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Wild “suck”? Come on, man, they’ve played really well. Thomas was fantastic last night, and saved the Panthers from another embarrassing loss. They’ve only been outshot twice, and they’ve only lost by more than 1 goal twice. They’re on the cusp of being one of the best teams in the league (yes, it’s true, and bugger the naysayers), and it’s only a matter of time before the dam breaks and those pucks find the twine.

  4. swenny19 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    You would think by watching the wild so far this year that Mike Yeo told all his players that the area in between the dots is lava. Sure, the wild control the puck most of the game, but you can’t score by cycling by the boards playing keep away until you lose the puck. Very frustrating

  5. vstar1us - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    The Wild have all the tools except goilies, scorers , and last but not least a coachM

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