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

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later. 

*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray. 

*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?

*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years. 

*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.

*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition. 

*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament. 

*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season. 

*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.

*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.