Bruins' Thomas off to scorching start

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

BOSTON - At age 36, Tim Thomas admits he is feeling like a kid again.

And the shutdown Boston Bruins goaltender is playing like a star.

After blanking the Leafs on a 20-save effort that he made look frighteningly easy, Thomas now has a 5-0 record, the hottest start by a Bruins goaltender since Tiny Thompson opened 6-0 in 1937.

You want more? He’s got two shutouts in those five games and has surrendered just three goals.

“I feel obviously that I’m playing good and the team is playing very well in front of me,” Thomas said following the 2-0 win at the TD Garden. “They’re really helping me with the rebounds and blocking out screens.”

It’s a little more than that, of course. Thomas’ unorthodox style makes him unpredictable for shooters, even if he doesn’t always look pretty when making the save. The American struggled at times last season while playing hurt but after having hip surgery in the summer has regained the form that made him an all-star earlier in his career.

“Well probably statistically,” Thomas said when asked if he’s having the best start of his career. “I feel good, I feel like it’s fun to play, you know?

“The reality is we had a 2-0 lead. I couldn’t afford to (give up) a goal because you didn’t want to let them think they’re back in the game.

“So it was easier to focus on the shutout because it was necessary for the win.”

With Thursday’s effort, Thomas bettered his league-leading goals against average to 0.60 and his save percentage to .981.

“I can’t say enough about the way he’s played,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Thomas. “He did a great job of not giving out any rebounds and is just solid challenging (shooters) and confident.”


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