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It’s hard to argue with Tim Thomas being the Boston 2011 MVP. He won another Vezina, a Conn Smythe and set a save percentage record. Without a superior defense which Thomas provides, even Boston’s offense wouldn’t result in the Bruins being such a sure thing to win and win big.
Thomas came up big in big situations, winning three Game 7s and finishing the last season 35-11-9 with nine shutouts and 13 penalty minutes to boot. In the newest season, Thomas already is 16-5-0 with four shutouts. He is currently even better than last year, with a .943 SV% and 1.84 GAA.
A championship only added to the lore that is Tim Thomas. At this rate, he has a very good shot to be the first two-time SoB POTY.
Thomas stood on his head through the entire playoff run, becoming a cult hero here in the Hub of Hockey. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner will now absolutely go down as one of the greatest Bruins goaltenders of all time. – Brian K
Thomas broke the save percentage record, won the Vezina Trophy, and won the Conn Smythe while posting shutout after shutout throughout the postseason. Without him the Bruins couldn’t have made the incredible run they did, making him the clear player of the year in my opinion. – Matthew