Late Goal Spoils Tim Thomas’ Big Night (Quotes)

Sunrise, Fla. — Over a year of controversy and anticipation came down to just the final 59 seconds of Thursday night’s game as a bouncing puck made its’ way past Panthers’ goaltender Tim Thomas to give his former team, the Boston Bruins, a heartbreaking 3-2 victory in front of a divided crowd at the BB&T Center.

Thomas, a longtime staple of the professional sports culture in Boston, suited up for the first time against the Bruins since his controversial decision to take a leave of absence following the 2011-2012 season. While with the Bruins, Thomas earned a  921 SV% / 2.48 GAA with a career record of 196-121-45 in 378 games played.

Based on his history with Boston - both positive and negative - it suffices to say that this wasn’t just a normal regular season matchup by any means for either party involved.

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Panthers Fall Short In Final Minute Against Bruins

You hear the cliche from hockey players all the time about playing ‘a full 60 minutes’ many times throughout the season. You can blame games like Thursday night’s tilt between the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins as one of the reasons. After digging themselves a two-goal, first period hole, the Cats spent the next 39 minutes clawing their way back into the game, tying it with six minutes left. It was the final minute of the game that did the Panthers in. After losing a defensive zone face-off, Reilly Smith was able to corral a lose puck and backhand it past Tim Thomas with 59 seconds left, giving the Bruins a 3-2 win.
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