Tim Thomas and his journey to get to the NHL has been well documented this season and during the playoffs, but now the legend of Thomas has reached new heights after last night. The Bruins’ 37 year-old goaltender back-stopped the team to their first Stanley Cup victory in 39 years and took home the Conn Smythe, as playoff MVP, in the process. Thomas became the oldest player ever to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and he’s only the second American born player ever to be selected for the Award.
The Flint, Michigan native set NHL records during the long road to the Cup. He stopped 798 shots total, which is now a single post-season record and he also set a record for saves in a Stanley Cup Final by stopping 238 Vancouver shots in the 7 game series. What is even more remarkable, is that he only gave up 8 goals in those 7 games. Which is also a new NHL record for fewest goals allowed in a 7 game Stanley Cup Final. In the Finals, Thomas’ stats are borderline absurd posting a 1.15 GAA and a .967 save %, with 2 shutouts in the series. His game 7 shutout to win the Cup over the Canucks in Vancouver, made him the only goalie ever to post a road shutout in a game 7 final.
The stat line for Thomas for the playoffs overall is as follows, 25 GP, 16 wins, 9 losses, 1.98 GAA, .940 save %, and 4 shutouts… NHL playoff MVP = well deserved! It’s hard for anybody not to like Tim Thomas at this moment. Seeing the way he shined on the big stage and the way he sincerely talked with media, makes me think they’ll be a few more kids sporting a #30 trying to play net in the USA in the coming years.
Congratulations, Timmy! Fans of the Boston Bruins and USA Hockey are very proud of you.