The Capitals became the latest witness to the Tim Thomas renaissance Tuesday night, as the 36-year-old goaltender stopped 35 of 36 shots, including all 18 Washington tried in the third period. He's only allowed two goals on 97 shots over three games this season (.979 save percentage, 0.67 GAA) and considering how well he fared Tuesday, the Capitals could see him again Thursday night at TD Garden.
Although they credited Thomas's play, the Capitals also wondered after the 3-1 loss how much of a difference more traffic in front of the Bruins' net might have made.
"He played well. Goalies make saves that they can see; we've just got to get more bodies in front of the net," Jason Chimera said. "I think that's the biggest key."
Said Matt Hendricks: "Tim Thomas, he played great, made some great saves....I think he did see quite a few pucks [Tuesday] and that's something we need to work on as well."
Washington might take that advice on Thursday, but after the game, Thomas said reacting to the screens and deflection shots he did face against the Capitals was one of the biggest reasons for his success. That said, it's never really a bad thing to make it tougher on a goaltender by preventing him from seeing the puck as much as possible.
"I had to battle through some screens and there were some funny little tips that you have to stay on your toes for," Thomas said. "But we did a good job of not giving them breakaways or odd-man rushes or chances alone in the slot, things like that,. My main battle was seeing through the screens and making sure tips didn't beat me and I didn't give up bad enough rebounds to get scored on."
A photo gallery from last night's game.
IN THE MINORS
Corey Masisak took a trip to Hershey and talked to the three Bears -- Mathieu Perreault, Andrew Gordon and Jay Beagle -- who were the final cuts in Washington this season about how they've moved on and how they're waiting for the next chance.
AROUND THE WEB
The Peerless Prognosticator reflects upon the Capitals' recent draft history on the heels of 2008 first-rounder Anton Gustafsson opting to return to Sweden.
With the Caps slated to meet the Bruins for a rematch Thursday night, here's the Boston Globe's recap, with plenty of info on Milan Lucic's Gordie Howe hat trick and if his fight with John Erskine was a long-awaited rematch after the latter got the better of the former in a fracas during the 2007-08 season.