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.