Before the season began, Tim Thomas’ future with the Bruins was in jeopardy. Young talent Tuukka Rask was fighting for the starting job while trade rumors swirled about Thomas.
But Timmy rose to meet the challenge. He played so well that he forced Claude Julien to make him the everyday starter. Come playoff time, Thomas was playing with freakish intensity and aggression never before seen in a goaltender. His performance in the finals was one of the best ever by a net-minder; not only because of his 2 Shut-outs and 3 one-goal games; but because of his leadership and style of play.
One of the key moments in the series was when he up-ended Henrik Sedin in Game 3.
While Chara is a great captain, Thomas seemed to be the symbolic leader of this Championship squad. The team really rallied around their goalkeeper and his 37 save shutout last night capped an epic 7-game Stanley Cup Final. The 37-Year-Old Goalie set the record for saves in the playoffs (798) AND saves in a finals (238). Timmy very much earned the Conn Smythe Trophy and was appropriately named the Stanley Cup Playoff MVP.