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January 29, 2014

Bruins beat former teammate Tim Thomas

BOSTON (AP) — The suddenly high-scoring Boston Bruins are showing no mercy, even for the departed goalie who led them to the Stanley Cup.

Milan Lucic scored twice and the Bruins spoiled Tim Thomas’ first start back in Boston as a visitor with a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers last night.

“I think I might’ve enjoyed myself watching the State of the Union more,” said Thomas, not a big fan of President Barack Obama, who delivered the speech at the same time as the Bruins were beating the Panthers for the sixth straight time. “No, probably not.”

In 2011, Thomas didn’t accompany his teammates to the White House for the ceremony with Obama marking their championship that year.

Boston scored six goals for the third straight game, following road wins of 6-1 and 6-3. The Atlantic Division leaders improved to 5-0-1 in their past six games.

Why all that scoring for a team known for its defense?

“We’ve been able to get out of our zone cleanly and establish the rush,” Lucic said.

They kept going to the very end, with Carl Soderberg charging into the crease where an angry Thomas swung his stick, hitting Soderberg in the helmet with 4 seconds left.

“With less than a minute left in the game and they’re up by four goals,” Thomas said, “I took exception to that.”

Soderberg proclaimed his innocence.

“I was just going for the rebound,” he said. “We can’t stop playing.”

Even if the opposing goalie was Thomas, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with the Bruins in 2011. He spent one more season with them, took last season off and then joined the Panthers.

“Tim’s always going to be a part of this organization for what he’s done,” Boston coach Claude Julien said, “but we just have to look at him as the opposing goalie.”

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