Shots on Goal: Tim Thomas Sets New NHL Record
Thomas sets NHL record for single season save percentage
Saturday’s sell out crowd at the Garden was treated to a 3-1 win for the home team and a milestone for their goalie.
More important than notching his 35th win Saturday with a 31 save effort, Tim Thomas will finish the season with the highest save percentage in league history (or at least since the NHL started keeping this statistic in 1982-83) with a .9382 SV % (1699 saves on 1811 shots faced this season).This tops Dominic Hasek’s 1998-99 mark of .9366 (1758 saves on 1877 shots faced).
With one game left, the inevitable question was asked, will you or Tuukka play tomorrow? Thomas’ response, “that’s for me to know and you to find out.”
Not long after we had our answer. Boston coach Claude Julien said Thomas would not start the regular season finale.
As everyone was celebrating the win, Tuukka went over and grabbed the puck and presented it to Thomas. “That was awesome,” said Thomas, I didn’t even think about it, so I was, it was a great gesture by Tuukka.”
It’s been a remarkable season for Thomas, who lost his starting job to Rask last year before undergoing hip surgery in the offseason, and InGoal has documented most of it with lots of interviews with, and emails from, Thomas himself. The highlights include:
~ Photos of Thomas dropping the gloves in a goalie fight against sometimes summer training partner Carey Price.
~ A feature article on why doubting Thomas is always a bad idea
~ How Yoga helped him win a Vezina Trophy two years ago on a hip that probably already needed surgery
~ How equipment plays a role in his success from head to toe, including a unique mask he helped design
~ A look at his trend-setting black-and-white mask
~ And that new style of mask being released for public purchase by Sportmask as part of the new Professional Series
The London, ON native got the start for the Senators and took the loss stopping 26 of 29 shots.
McElhinny(9-13-1) kept Ottawa within striking distance for the first two periods with the Senators trailing Boston 2-1, but a Rich Peverley backhander at 5:08 of the third frame sealed the deal giving Boston the 3-1 victory.