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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

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.