As if winning the Stanley Cup wasn't enough, Boston Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas is now a record-setting goalie.
Even though the 2012 NHL All-Star Game technically doesn't mean much—if anything—anytime you can pull off something special and get a record in doing so, it's worth mentioning.
According to Ricky Doyle on NESN.com, Thomas has become the first NHL goalie ever to win four straight All-Star games:
"The Bruins netminder was once again the winning goaltender at the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, marking the fourth straight All-Star Game in which that's been the case. He's the first goalie to accomplish that feat.
Thomas, who has won all four All-Star Games that he's appeared in, stood tall as Team Chara pulled off a 12-9 victory over Team Alfredsson at this year's event in Ottawa."
Some may say that this accomplishment doesn't mean much, but I'd have to disagree. This is the All-Star game we are talking about, mind you, which means Thomas is playing against the best of the best in the NHL.
It would be one thing to win four straight games against a bunch of scrubs, but it's a completely different thing to beat the elite four straight times.
This is a record worth noting.
Not only that, but I have a feeling this will be just the thing Thomas needs to re-energize and re-focus himself for the rest of the season.
Even though the Bruins are first in the Northeast at 64 points, the Ottawa Senators are only four points behind, and there's plenty of time left.
Not only that, but in the long run, wrapping up the best record in the Eastern Conference will be a goal, and at this point the Bruins are two points behind the New York Rangers.
The Bruins need Thomas—who has been great this year with a 20-9 record, 2.12 goals against average and a save percentage of .933—to continue playing at a top notch level.
This record setting win the All Star game win will be exactly the kind of moment he needs to propel himself into the next part of the season on a strong note.