Tonight the Boston Bruins improved to 7-2-0 with a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins seem to be almost identical to the Randy Moss-less New England Patriots with a lunch pail mentality. It’s all about defense, timely scoring and no one on the squad really blowing up the league with offensive numbers.
The purpose for this post is not to boast about how well the Bruins are playing but more for my public apology toward Tim Thomas. Over the past year I have made it blatantly obvious that I am a much bigger Tuukka Rask supporter than I am of Thomas. I was never to the point of rooting against Thomas because that’s just ludicrous hell, I have 12X16 signed picture of him hanging on my bedroom wall. However, I was a part of that large contingent of Bruins fans/hockey community who claimed that Timmy was done and that the Black & Gold clocks were going to be operating on Tuukka Time for the foreseeable future. Boy was I wrong…
Going into tonight’s game Thomas had 6-0-0 record with a .984 save percentage, a goals against average of .50, and 3 shutouts. I’ll let that soak in for a second…Thomas leads the league in the 3 statistical categories and is second in the league with those six wins (with tonight’s win he’ll jump into a tie for first if Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson loses to Dallas).
Thomas is controlling his rebounds better than I’ve seen him in the past, even better than he did in his Vezina year 2 seasons ago. When Thomas gives up less juicy rebounds it reduces his need to flop so, kudos to him. That, and not battling an ailing hip injury have been the major sources for success for Thomas.
With all that being said, I am still a major Tuukka Rask advocate. Rask is not only the future but, he’s the better goaltender. However, Thomas needs to be the starter for as long as he can maintain this hot streak and continue to win games. This Bruins squad is far better off with the Thomas-Tuukka tandem tending the twine (see what I did there?). Putting either of these two on the trading block would be pure insanity so keeping the two of them together and keeping them healthy is a must for a strong playoff run.
In conclusion, I will be eating crow on this one. Timmy, you are clearly not done yet and you can send a nice plate of black bird up to New Hampshire. I still can’t stand your floppy Hasek style but, if it works for now and the Bruins keep winning, I’ll love you for it.