Bruins goaltender Thomas named top NHL player for November
New York, NY – Reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner and Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has been named the NHL's First Star for the month of November.
Thomas led the charge as the Bruins went undefeated in regulation (12-0-1) last month, winning all nine of his starts, which included three shutouts: November 5 at Toronto and back-to-back whitewashes against the Islanders and Canadiens on November 19-21.
For the season, the 37-year-old is 12-4-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average, three shutouts and a .936 save percentage.
Second Star honors went to Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews. who finished the month with nine goals and 18 points. Chicago's captain recorded three multi-goal efforts and five multi-point contests in November. His top performance came in a 6-5 victory at Anaheim on November 25, where the 23- year-old notched two goals and a season-high five points.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul finished with the Third Star. The former Duck, Oiler and Flyer finished the month with a seven-game point streak and moved into second place, behind Phil Kessel, on the club's points list (30) for the season. The 28-year-old's finest effort came in a 7-1 win over Washington on November 19, where he tallied a goal and three assists.