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Bruins Thomas tops 3 Goalie Stars for December 6, 2010

Boston Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas

Boston Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas. Photo by Scott Slingsby

It’s suposed to be hard to beat perfection, but this season it’s evidently even harder to beat Boston Bruins’ star Tim Thomas.

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.
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3 Comments

  1. Goalieman82

    This guy is just unreal. I could only dream of playing like that on a regular basis.

  2. Danny

    Tim Thomas is on fire, couldn’t be happier for the guy. He’s put in the work and paid his dues. Love his crazy do-whatever-it-takes style of stopping. Howard is good, but I think he’s overrated and obviously the kid gets tons of goal support, but he’s winning games either way. Miller is finally looking again like himself, best goalie in the world in my opinion. Pavelec also playing great, aside from him…….did no one else notice were looking at a All-American top 3?!?! LOVE IT!!

  3. JD

    @Danny, with the exception of Ondrej Pavelec, yes.