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Thomas appreciates Bruins fans’ standing ovation

Nov 8, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

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Even after he left them with a season remaining on his contract, Boston Bruins fans still love Tim Thomas. At least that’s the message those at the TD Garden sent when they gave him a standing ovation during last night’s 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Of course, Thomas wasn’t in goal for Florida to counter Tuukka Rask. Although the 39-year-old goaltender is close to returning from a lower-body injury, he needed a bit more time.

Still, he was happy to be back in Boston.

“I was hoping for that kind of reaction from the fans,” Thomas told the Miami Herald. “I loved playing here. I loved Boston. It was nice to see that response.”

Thomas is expected to be available on Saturday. He hasn’t been his old self so far this season, but the Panthers certainly need all the help they can get.

If you want to see the standing ovation and the game’s highlights, you can view them below:

  1. valoisvipers - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    A well deserved standing O by the Classy Boston Strong.

    • footballfan17 - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Standing “O” for the player that “choose” not to play for the team dispite having a contract to play but….

      boo Seguin, a 20 year old that acted like a 20 year old, who did not choose to leave. Classy?

      Glad they cheered Thomas, but it was stupid to boo Seguin.

  2. upyourstodd - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    The guy might be off the rails off the ice, but he was nails on it. For that he deserves the ovation. Much respect for him.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      He marched to the beat of a different drummer. At least he appeared to think through values/positions, rather than going along with accepting what teachers, peers and the media who have us take as a given.

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    with horachek, skrudland and madden coming to town, look for thomas to get real busy…beaten like an old mule

    no more smile than a turnip among the bunch

    a hard rain’s a gonna fall in florida

    [ cue next series of cliches ]

  4. terrier92 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Thank you Tim for all you did for Bruins I will never forget cup run Section 323 Row 1

  5. bullwinkle88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    They obviously applauded for the hockey player…not the person.

  6. nhstateline - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    this was a drop in on the big video boards they have over the ice during the third period. They announced nothing, just started showing clips and the crowd figured out what was happening pretty fast. There was a roar in the building within seconds. People just started standing and cheering. It was very cool and well deserved. Tim Thomas was a huge part of the 11 Cup win.

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