Tim Thomas grabbed the Conn Smythe Trophy and went for another wander around the ice. A few moments later, he did it again with the Stanley Cup.
The Boston Bruins goalie has been maligned for his meandering style in the crease, and he was demoted last year while struggling with a hip injury, but he’s on top of hockey now.
Thomas was named the most valuable player of the NHL postseason on Wednesday night after carrying the Boston Bruins on a spectacular run to his first Stanley Cup title.
“It’s quite an honor. I mean, the Stanley Cup is the biggest one, that’s the one you’re shooting for. But Conn Smythe is completely an honor,” the 37-year-old goalie said after shutting out the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to win Game 7 of the NHL finals, helping the Bruins earn their first title since 1972.
Thomas held the Canucks to eight goals in seven games, posting his second shutout of the series and his fourth of the playoffs in the finale. Thomas, who set a new record for total saves in the postseason, also shut out the Canucks in Game 4 while winning all three finals games in Boston.
Thomas is expected to win his second Vezina Trophy next week after setting a modern record with a .938 save percentage in the regular season, eclipsing Dominik Hasek’s mark.