OTTAWA It was another day and another round of questions for Tim Thomas, who was pulled from a podium during NHL All-Star player availability after answering a barrage of questions for roughly five minutes.
In that time Thomas answered several queries about the All-Star game and skills competitions before getting more questions about his political decision to skip the White House earlier this week. Thomas has attempted to close out the subject with his Facebook statement from Monday night and some brief comments on the subject during and after Thursdays All-Star Draft.
But the questions arent going anywhere.
While Thomas wasnt directly asked about the White House event, he answered a couple of questions about whether or not he feels the issue has been a distraction for his teammates.
"The controversy is all media driven and it has been from the start. Everything that I said and did was as an individual. It was not as a representative of the Boston Bruins, said Thomas. All it has to do is with me. But its separate from hockey. That's my personal life and those are my personal views. Those are my personal beliefs.
"It has nothing to do with hockey. It has nothing to do with this All-Star Game. It has nothing to do with the Boston Bruins.
Thomas was asked a follow-up about reports that he isnt considered a good teammate, or potential issues that his White House could have with the rest of his Bruins teammates. Thomas fired back against those critics, and appeared to take a shot at TSN media personality Dave Hodge for a highly inflammatory tweet that clumsily attempted satire by painting the Bs goaltender as a potential racist based on the notion that his childrens names all began with the letter K.
I dont think I should address stuff thats made up out of thin air, said Thomas. I would really appreciate if people would leave my teammates and my family out of it. Im looking forward to getting back on the ice because thats what I do and thats what I love. Im still going to have a lot of fun with it.
With that Thomas was ushered off the podium by Bruins media relations guru Matt Chmura before his scheduled appearances for a series of television interviews during Fridays afternoon access period.
Thanks in large part to a big performance by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins were able to squeak out a 2-1 win against the Sabres.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday
David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.
Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.
The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.
Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.
The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.
Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.
The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.
NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.
Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.
Sabres: At Washington on Monday.
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