Thomas relives his "Peggy moment" with Anton Khudobin

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Thomas relives his "Peggy moment" with Anton Khudobin

WILMINGTON, Mass Tim Thomas clearly was a fan of the Discover Card commercial he shot with Peggy and an obsessed taxi-driving fan. It was the first thing that came to the puck-stoppers mind when an animated Anton Khudobin nearly broke up his media scrum following Tuesdays practice.

Thomas held court for 10 minutes with reporters while waxing philosophic on the importance of Game 7 and learning from failures before ultimately tasting success. That portion provided some compelling quotes such as this one.

Losing in Game 7 allows you to know that you can fail, and youll go on and your life wont be ruined, said a thoughtful Thomas just prior to Khudobins arrival. Until youve had that experience its really tough to handle. It actually gave me an advantage going into the Game 7s last year because of that experience.

Winning quite a few times last year in Game 7s gives you the confidence that you can get it done again.

But the most entertaining moment of the press scrum arrived right afterward when Khudobin rushed in off the ice with the rest of the healthy scratchesBlack Aces and couldnt get through the assembled media to his locker. Good-natured yelling and screaming ensued in a thick Kazakhstan accent, and the 37-year-old couldnt help but take himself into the back of the cab where his personal Peggy moment took place.

He stopped things midstream after hearing Khudobins yell Timmy in a Russian accent followed by something else unintelligible that sounded like a line straight out of the Borat movie.

Do you guys hear Peggy over there? Thats Peggy Junior, said a smiling Thomas to a group of laughs from the assembled media.

While Khudobin is no longer Thomas backup after Tuukka Rask returned to the Bruins lineup for Game 6 in Washington, give credit to the young Kazakhstan goalie for keeping things loose prior to the biggest game of the year.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.