Bruins Thomas tops 3 Goalie Stars for December 6, 2010
Despite having a shootout loss during yet another incredible week in an amazing start to the season, Thomas was able to overcome the consecutive shutouts and perfect week of Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, and some pretty impressive puck-stopping from Atlanta’s Ondrej Pavelec to claim top spot in this week’s InGoal Magazine 3 Stars, as selected by you, the readers.
First Star: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins: Thomas set a new standard for acrobatic stops with his Save of the Year candidate glove robbery against Toronto on Saturday night (video below the poll and be sure to read how Thomas just “empties his mind and reacts”). but that wasn’t all that swung the vote: Thomas was 2-0-1 with a 41-save shutout of Philadelphia and a .975 save percentage while stopping 116 of 119 shots.
Second Star: Jimmy Howard: Howard’s week may not have started quite as impressively as his competition for these awards – five goals on 57 shots in wins over Columbus and San Jose – but it ended with a perfect 3-0-0 record after an impressive 41-save shutout of the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Third Star: Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers and Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres (tie): Hard to believe the week turned in by these two didn’t put them higher up. Miller had the NHL’s only truly perfect week, pitching consecutive shutouts and making 51 saves overall against Columbus and Ottawa. Pavelec wasn’t much worse despite facing almost three times as many shots in his four games, going 3-1-0 while stopping 139 of 14 shots for an impressive .952 save percentage.