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Just a day after learning Marc Savard suffered a moderate concussion after his hit Saturday against the Avalanche, the Bruins took the ice against the Panthers. Savard, who is now resting at home in Ontario and may not return this season…or ever, likely watched the B’s beat the Panthers 2-0 in the final game before the All-Star Break.
The game featured two of the top 10 goaltenders in the NHL, and for the most part they showed up to play.Thomas entered the game leading the NHL in goals against average (1.84), save percentage (.945), and he’s also tied for the lead in shutouts (7). In the end though, the current Vezina favorite held off Florida to help the B’s get their seventh win in 10 games.
As for the scoring, Brad Marchand scored his 13th goal in the first period, and Milan Lucic notched his 20th goal in the second period off the faceoff to give the B’s the two-goal advantage.
Tim Thomas (34 saves) faced a barrage of shots (16) in the third period before Florida finally broke through at 8:37 when Bryan Allen scored his fourth goal of the year to cut the deficit to one. At the end of the game, with Tomas Vokoun (33 saves) pulled, former Bruin Dennis Wideman nearly scored with 1.4 seconds left, but Thomas made the clutch save for the victory.
Thomas joins Zdeno Chara representing the Bruins in the NHL All-Star Game. Due to the new fantasy draft element, Thomas and Chara could be on opposite teams.
Fun Fact: Willie O’Ree, the first black player in NHL history, dropped the ceremonial first puck. He broke the color barrier in 1958 with the Bruins.