Thomas continues domination of Flyers


Thomas continues domination of Flyers

PHILADELPHIA Tim Thomas is officially in the heads of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The last time the 37-year-old was at Wells Fargo Center, he made 52 saves in an overtime victory in Game 2 of their playoff series last season. And there was no drop off in his return performance Saturday.
Thomas made 31 stops en route to his 30th career shutout with the Bruins in the 6-0 beating of the Flyers, which improved Thomas' career record against Philadelphia to 11-3-2.
Tims a battler," said coach Claude Julien. "He needed to battle tonight because they had a lot of pucks in the crease area and even though they didnt score at all -- they do a very good job of getting pucks there. He stood in the battle to make the big saves, and he didnt allow them to score to get any life.
The Bruins had suffered some defensive slippage in the last week or -- and allowed the Senators to fire 49 shots against Thomas only a few days prior -- but Thomas enjoyed a little defense renaissance with the return of Zdeno Chara.
"We had a well-rounded game today and we started well, which put the momentum back in our favor," Thomas said. "We were up 4-0 and I knew the game was in our hands. How the rest of the game would go, if we got overconfident or lazy and let them back in the game, that's something we talked about a little bit in between periods.
"Our goal was not to get lazy. We were happy to take that early lead. We didn't plan it, but the important thing is how we reacted to it. We kept playing hard."
The goaltending tandem of Thomas and Tuukka Rask put on a show during the week; the two stopped 119 out of 121 shots over three wins against the Kings, Senators and Flyers. That amounts to a .983 save percentage in the three Boston wins, and is another important facet of a Bs hockey machine that can beat opponents in a multitude of ways.
Thomas was lucky at times against the Flyers, such as when Wayne Simmonds lifted wobbly wrist shot that flicked off the left post and then dropped in front of Thomas in the crease area. He hopped onto the puck for a whistle, but then was quickly pushed over the goal line while sponging up the puck. It was never called a goal on the ice and a review revealed that Thomas was indeed shoved over the goal line.
Daniel Briere and Jakub Voracek conjured up some quality scoring chances while the game was still in the early stages, but it turned into an easier task once the Bruins offense had built up a four-goal bulge in the first period.
Over the last couple of months weve won quite a bit and weve done it in a lot of different ways, obviously, said Thomas. This is one where we can pat ourselves on the back a little bit more than before because we played a complete 60 minutes.

Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk


Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority


Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.