BOSTON - Tim Thomas had a stellar night in net for the Boston Bruins, turning away 25 of the 26 shots he faced as the Boston Bruins bested the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1, in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference Finals to claim their first win since beating the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
Thomas, who had 27 saves on 29 shots in the opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday evening at TD Garden, said that he didn't feel any more comfortable tonight than he did in the team's first game.
"No, I felt just as comfortable the first night," said Thomas. "These are both teams that we played during the playoffs, so semi familiar with them, even though there's some new faces on both teams, both general systems are the same. I felt comfortable right off the bat the other night and I felt good tonight. The team had a good game in front of me tonight, too. They put out a lot of shots on goal, found ways to get pucks in the net, great penalty killing. A lot of good efforts out there all over the place."