The Awards Keep Coming For Bruins’ Thomas
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Poor Roberto Luongo. After being embarrassed by Tim Thomas in the Stanley Cup Finals, he was defeated by the Bruins goaltender once again Wednesday night. Thomas beat out Luongo and Nashville's Pekka Rinne to take home the Vezina Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
It's the second time in three seasons that Thomas has received the award for top goaltender in the National Hockey League. And who can argue? Thomas was a man amongst boys both during the regular season and the playoffs this year.
With Thomas' playoff exploits still fresh in our minds, here is a refresher of what the B's netminder did during the regular season. He had a .938 save percentage which was the best in NHL history surpassing Dominik Hasek's mark of .937 set in 1998-99.
He registered a career-high 9 shutouts while posting a league-best 2.00 goals against average. His record was 35-11-9.
Thomas thanked his teammates for helping him win the award. He also thanked family and friends for sticking with him through all of his ups and downs.
He also made mention of the hip surgery he had last year and talked about the uncertainty of ever being able to play at a high level again.
The 37-year old had a magical season that will go down in both Bruins and NHL lore and is now reaping all of the rewards for that success.
Thomas' teammate Zdeno Chara lost out to Detroit's Nicholas Lidstrom for the Norris Trophy given to the league's top defenseman.