Thomas sets All-Star record with third straight win

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Thomas sets All-Star record with third straight win

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

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 jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
 
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
 
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
 
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
 
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
 
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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.