Boston Bruins Goalie Conflict: Why It’s Tuukka Time In Boston

January 10th, 2011 by Matthew Fairburn Leave a reply »
It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Following the 2008-2009 season, in which Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas took the league by storm and won the Vezina Trophy, Thomas was awarded with a healthy new contract and the support of an entire fanbase and organization.

But after an injury-riddled 2009-2010 season in which Thomas’s weaknesses were exposed and he was passed on the depth chart by Tuukka Rask, the Vezina Trophy winner was quickly forgotten.

Now, a little more than six months after the Bruins rode Rask to the second round of the NHL playoffs, Tim Thomas has once again taken center stage in Boston after starting the season leading all major statistical categories.

But is Tim Thomas the man to take the Bruins deep into the playoffs? Is his performance in the first half of the season indicative of his ability or is it merely a mirage?

A cursory glance at the statistics would tell even the average fan that Thomas has been far superior to Rask so far this season. Tim Thomas is outperforming Rask in all major categories including record save percentage and goals against average.

There is no deba ...

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