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Video: Tim Thomas high-sticks Carl Soderberg

Jan 28, 2014, 11:27 PM EDT

Tim Thomas drew a two-minute penalty for hi-sticking Carl Soderberg in the waning moments of the Boston Bruins’ 6-2 win against the Florida Panthers.

Judge for yourself if that outburst warrants supplemental discipline:

Here’s an admittedly blurry screen cap of the incident:


Thomas, 39, might be known for his political comments and jokes, yet he can also be pretty nasty to opposing players who get in his way. Even so, he hasn’t been suspended for such fiery actions; his only suspension came for choosing not to play for the Bruins in 2012-13.

We’ll see if that changes after this run-in, though.

  1. terrier92 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    No harm No foul

    Move on

  2. shutyourfivehole - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

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    • mp1131211 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Hextall is in a good chunk of this

    • ntvd7 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      **Slow Clap**

  3. slaugin - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Seems like there should be a Tim Thomas Talk section tonight

  4. hazlydose - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Its funny listening to Jack Edwards on the other side of Thomas’s jackassery compared to past incidents when he was with the Bruins.

    • Moop - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      As a Bruins fan I don’t know how to feel about it; this is the kind of stuff that fans loved while he was with Boston, but at the same time he never went so far as to hit a guy in the head with his stick while a Bruin. A penalty would be well deserved. Not sure about a suspension though.

      • hazlydose - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        Usually every team has a player that “you love him when he’s on your team, hate him when he’s on another.” He will probably get a fine. Soderberg did cross check him in the head trying smack a puck out of the air in the waning seconds of a blowout, so I can understand why he would be pissed.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Look, we all know Jack Edwards is the ultimate homer, but come on.. Tim might of slashed some legs, tries to run down a few guys, but he never took a stick another players head… and had he, I don’t even think a homer like Jack could of spun it in his favor.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        and thats not even to say I care about what TimThomas does, or who he does it to. I just think Jack gets over-homarized sometimes. It is his job. Love him or hate him, I guess he’s kind of an acquired taste, but he’s not that bad.. I happen to love the wacky bastard. He gets pumped up like a little kid and says thing about lions ripping faces off people and feeding them to peasants… you don’t find that kind of analysis just anywhere.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        wrong. not debatable.

      • larrykern - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Rick Jeanneret (Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man) is a lot worse than Jack Edwards. He takes homerism to another (low) level.

  5. sabatimus - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    This was unprovoked, and to the head. Give him at least 2 games off.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      Soderberg hit Thomas in the head and neck right before that.

      • pmkoul - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Soderberg appeared to be going for the puck which was still in the air……so at the very least soderberg should have been penalized as well.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Soderberg’s you can at least sell as a run of the mill high stick with him going for the puck. Thomas’ was clearly him swinging his stick at Soderberg’s head. One’s a penalty, the other’s a fine/suspension.

        It already looks like nothing may come of it, but I’ll stand by my assessment.

  6. govtminion - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Worth a game. As the article said, he’d be a first-time offender, but if the league wants to be serious about hits to the head they can’t make a goalie-exception. One game off, I don’t see going more than that.

    (I say that as a Bruins fan and a Tim Thomas fan)

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      Ugh, just no.

  7. mp1131211 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    My god. Suspension? No.

  8. mornelithe - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Isn’t being on the Panther’s punishment enough for Thomas *chuckle* And by the way toolshed, the Bruins stomping of the Panther’s ended before the State of the Union. Piss and moan about your differences with the Government all you like, but not participating in a participatory Government nullifies any of your inane gripes.

    So glad the Bruins got what they needed out of him and then let him walk.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Your original point about somehow not voting should negate having an opinion makes you sound like a 7 year old.

      Thomas won the Cup for the Bruins and you just dismiss it?

      • mornelithe - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:13 AM

        I said nothing about ‘not voting’, speaking of a 7 year old…then again, most 7 year old’s know how to read. Go figure.

        So Thomas, by himself won a Stanley Cup? Really? Which game was that? Did he score the points? Thomas, as a goalie, is great when he’s got a defensively minded team like the Bruins in front of him. Put him on the Panthers? Not so great.

        So, who won that Stanley Cup? The Boston Bruins? Or Just Tim Thomas?

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:38 AM

        I’m still assuming you’re a 7 year old since you do not understand how to properly use a possessive.

        And yes, without Thomas the Bruins would not have won that Cup. It’s widely known among the hockey community that was the greatest post-season goaltending performance of all time. Want further evidence, same defensive structured team in 2010 and 2013 with Rask in net, no Cup

      • mornelithe - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:17 AM

        In case it’s too hard for you to figure out, there’s more to a participatory Government then voting. Any moron can pull a lever, push a button or touch a screen. Educating yourself on the issues, what each figure is saying etc… is part and parcel of the deal.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:43 AM

        Maybe any moron can pull a lever, (great timely reference), but I bet those morons understand the difference between then and than. You also completely misused the phrase part and parcel, but that should be expected based off the 2nd grade education you’ve demonstrated up to this point.

      • larrykern - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        “It’s widely known among the hockey community that was the greatest post-season goaltending performance of all time.”
        So how come Jonathan Quick’s stats in 2012 were even better than Thomas’ numbers in 2011?
        Tim Thomas was very good in 2011, but saying that the Bruins would not have won the cup without him is purely hypothetical, and the Bruins defense was not identical in 2010 or 2013. Furthermore, we should not forget that the Bruins had to deal with injuries to key players both in 2010 and 2013 (Krejci, Bergeron, Campbell), and they did not have the wonderful Merlot line in 2010, so you simply cannot knock Tuukka Rask’s performance (whose contributions to the Bruins’ four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013 were very impressive, to say the least).

  9. hockeyflow33 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    It wasn’t unprovoked and Jack Edwards is such a moron he somehow missed Soderberg’s stick hitting Thomas in the helmet and neck.

    Completely justified response to getting hit in the head by an offensive player.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      totally agree. Soderberg had it coming.

    • larrykern - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Soderberg went after the puck, while Thomas went after Soderberg’s head.

  10. ironyisadeadscene - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Love Thomas and what he did for the Bruins. Could give a sh!t about his politics. Big fan of what he did in net. I thought that last big contract they gave him was a mistake and boy was I wrong.

    No suspension needed.

  11. nunan - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Soderberg coming around. Showing a ton of confidence.

  12. amityvillefun - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Going for the head with a goalie stick is rather nasty…however, if you get in the guy’s face and hit him, well, you get what you deserve.

    He won’t get anything, but probably deserves a game.

  13. dropthepuckeh - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Take the team sweaters off and look at the play objectively (not possible I know) and you have an offensive guy going hard into the crease and hitting the goalie in the neck/ helmet with the stick in the final seconds of a blowout win. What would you expect? I think Thomas had every right to be pissed and go after him. Whacking him with the stick was prob not the answer but I understand why he was pissed. Soderberg is lucky no one on the Panthers had the stones to jump him right there and pummel him.

    If someone does this to Rask in the closing seconds of the game you know Chara and whoever else is on the ice is going to take the guy down, penalty or not. You protect your goalie. Soderberg had no business crashing the net like that when the game was over.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      I don’t think anyone’s arguing that you might expect a reaction when a player on the team leading in a blowout makes contact with the goalie of the opposite side, but what people are saying is the reaction isn’t excusable if it’s highly illegal and could potentially cause serous injury.

      If Thomas doesn’t like it, drop the gloves and take him on. Don’t pull a goalie version of the McSorely swing to show how you can stand up for yourself (while Soderberg is getting grabbed by two other Panthers).

  14. montrealbbr - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I love reading all of the boston fans crying about this and demanding that he be suspended! Sucks when the dirty stuff happens to your team doesnt it?!

    • savoirlaire - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      It’s the most you, as a Habs fan, are going to get on the Bruins this year…sucks when your team is 10 points behind, doesn’t it, loser?

  15. spitfisher - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    BillySmith approves this message…

    all kidding aside both TT reaction and Soderbergs were pretty much love taps. Both were a bunch of nothings….Move along

  16. ironmd778 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I’m a B’s fan and I have no issue with what Thomas did. Soderberg came in high with a wild stick.

  17. kingcobraman - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    using the goalie stick to the head is unacceptable… should of done the favorite of goalies and chopped at the legs…

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