Bruins, Thomas don't talk about rest

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Bruins, Thomas don't talk about rest

BOSTON -- When Tuukka Rask went down with an injury on March 3, Bruins No. 1 goaltender Tim Thomas knew he'd be carrying most of the load.

But outside the Bruins dressing room, many wondered just how Claude Julien could find a way to give the 37-year-old some sort of rest down the stretch, and hoping to get his best once again in the playoffs.

According to Thomas, following his fifth shutout of the season in an 8-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, that talk of rest outside the dressing room was just that. It's only "outside" the dressing room.

"We haven't talked about it at all," said Thomas, while also acknowledging that there was no talk of taking him out for the third period with the Bruins holding a 7-0 lead through the first two.

"There hasn't been any talk of it, and at this point, I don't think there needs to be any, on our end," added Thomas. "You guys can. It's OK. That's fun for hockey fans and everything, to speculate. But in here, it hasn't really been an issue. If we were to talk about rest, it would be mostly for a practice day or something."

And for those who may have been concerned with Thomas' poor play and his 2-5 record through the first seven games without Rask, he pointed out after Monday's win that he was battling an illness.

"I knew that I might be in a situation where I had to play a lot of games, but I was looking forward to it," said Thomas. "The only thing is, when it happened, I had a virus for a couple of weeks, when Tuukka got hurt. And it took me about a week after he left, to totally get over it. But now, I'm feeling better."

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

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HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.