Bruins' Thomas off to scorching start


, 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? Hes got two shutouts in those five games and has surrendered just three goals.

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

Its a little more than that, of course. Thomas unorthodox style makes him unpredictable for shooters, even if he doesnt 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 hes having the best start of his career. I feel good, I feel like its fun to play, you know?

The reality is we had a 2-0 lead. I couldnt afford to (give up) a goal because you didnt want to let them think theyre back in the game.

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

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

I cant say enough about the way hes 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.