Thomas sets All-Star record with third straight win


Thomas sets All-Star record with third straight win

By Joe Haggerty

RALEIGH, N.C. Zdeno Chara topped 20-plus minutes (21:07) with a pair of assists, Tim Thomas was the winning goaltender and the Bruins factored in for both sides in an 11-10 win for Team Lidstrom over Team Staal at the NHL All-Star game Sunday at the RBC Center. Thomas allowed four goals on 15 shots and finished the night with a .733 save percentage, but still earned the win for Team Lidstrom after entering the third period leading by a goal. It was a historic moment for the 36-year-old backstop in a season that's seemed to be chock full of them, and he did all the time while an IFB ear piece connecting him with CBC where he was providing live commentary malfunctioned and was just spitting static into his ear."I wanted to win this going into it. I'm glad we won," said Thomas. "I wish I could have felt better in the net, but tomorrow when I think about it I'll just be happy that I won."Thomas became the first goaltender in All-Star history to win three consecutive All-Star games after earning the victory against Team Staal. Martin Brodeur, Johnny Bower, Jacques Plante and Frank Brimsek each had won two consecutive All-Star game appearances.Marty St. Louis, Steve Stamkos and Brad Richards all knew that I really wanted it and they played really well in front of me, said Thomas about the All-Star victory, punctuated with fellow University of Vermont alum Patrick Sharp winning the MVP Award for the game. I had a conversation with Marty about it earlier this weekend, and he knew how much I was really hoping to get another win.Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season


Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.