With the news that former goalie Tim Thomas would not suit up for the game, Boston Bruins fans, who recently watched their team lose in an overtime shoot out to Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars, were disappointed to find out that the second game in the three game “memory lane” series (the Bruins play Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday) would not play out as planned. The Bruins, losers of four of their last five, looked to get back to their winning ways against the Florida Panthers.
Bruins coach Claude Julien, when asked about if Thomas plays or shows up, replied, “Last time was [Rich] Peverley, Seguin, and it’s Tim Thomas and it’ll be Kessel next game. We can write something about every time a team comes in here because there’s probably a chance that a player from this organization has been traded at some point. So we kind of look past that and don’t put too much emphasis on it.”
Tim Thomas, was the controversial goaltender who played eight years for Boston and was the backbone of the 2011 Stanley Cup championship. He posted an anemic 1.98 goals against average during his historic playoff run and won the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP.
Current Bruins net minder Tuukka Rask reminded the fans of the spoked-B that they currently have a great goalie. With the Bruins nursing a slim 1-0 lead, thanks to a second period goal by David Krejci, Rask made a barrage of saves, including a highlight reel skate save on a Jonathan Huberdeau wraparound chance.
“I went down, and exposed myself too much there,” said Rask about his skate save, “and then it was just a scramble. I ended up getting my skate on it or something. It’s just one of those things that when you make a mistake, you fix it yourself.”
A snake bitten Brad Marchand added an insurance goal 4:09 into the third period and defenseman and potential rookie of the year candidate Torey Krug scored his sixth goal of the year and his second in as many games to secure the win. Reilly Smith added his second of the season and the icing on the cake to give Boston a 4-1 victory.
Florida’s lone goal came as a result of the Bruins collapsing in their own zone. Jesse Winchester was able to chip a rebound past Rask, ruining his shutout bid with just over five minutes left to play in the game.