Thomas wins second Vezina, joins elite club

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Thomas wins second Vezina, joins elite club

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
LAS VEGAS Tim Thomas captured the final portion of the hockey triple crown when he was named the Vezina Trophy winner as best goaltender during the NHL Awards ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort on Wednesday night.

With the honor, he becomes only the second goalie in NHL history to win the Vezina Trophy, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup all in the same season.

The 37-year-old received first-place votes on 17 of the 30 ballots handed in by the NHL general managers, and won convincingly over second-place finisher Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators for his second Vezina in the last three years.

Thomas also joined Philadelphia Flyers legend Bernie Parent as the only goaltender to win the Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup in the same year. Parent did it twice in a row, in 1973-74 and 1974-75.

Parent was on Twitter after Thomas won the Vezina with this tweet: Congratulating Tim Thomas. Welcome to the club.

Thomas set the NHL record in save percentage with a .938 mark and then dominated the Stanley Cup playoffs while leading the Bruins past Montreal, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Vancouver en route to the Stanley Cup.

Thomas was happy to talk about all of work he did to rehabilitate himself from hip surgery last summer and how much he owed to his teammates, but his face really brightened up when a reporter mentioned to him that Parent had welcomed him to the elite club of two goaltenders in NHL history.

Thats the stuff that I enjoy hearing more than anything else, said Thomas. Its amazing that Parent did it two years in a row. Were just coming off winning the Cup and its been crazy.

I havent had time to sit down and think about it, but I would love to be able to accomplish something like that. So many things have to fall into place. I bet you Bernie would say the same thing. It takes a unique set of circumstances to win it two years in a row. Thats an amazing accomplishment.

So Thomas has found his motivation to do the whole thing over again next year: Matching Parents feat.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

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Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.