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Thomas: 'I need to be better'

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Tim Thomas hasn’t looked the same in his last three starts, allowing 14 goals over that span. Thomas says fatigue is not an issue, and that he knows he can be better.

“Obviously as a whole our team is struggling and making mistakes we don’t normally make, but I need to be better,” said Thomas, who is now 26-8-6 with a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage. “I’m not making the big saves I need to make to help the team win and I need to start doing that again.”

Coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that he will continue to get Tuukka Rask some starts to rest Thomas as the season winds down and the playoffs near.

“We don’t want to get to the point where he’s exhausted,” Julien said of Thomas. “Is he a little tired? I would expect that he is, like a lot of players at this time of the year. February is usually a tough month and you kind of get your second wind in March. But this is something that I think we want to manage as well as we can. I don’t think he’s exhausted. I think he may be a little tired. As I’ve mentioned, it’d be nice to see Tuukka come in and play some solid games for us.”

*With the NHL trade deadline less than two weeks away, rumors are flying rampant around the Internet, radio and TV. On Tuesday, someone created a fake Twitter account posing as Darren Dreger, the TSN hockey insider, and tweeted that Bruins center David Krejci had been dealt to Toronto in a package for Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle and forward Tyler Bozak. Of course it was bogus, but it sent Bruins fans into a furor. Before the night was over, Krejci had been dealt to four different teams in rumor world. On Wednesday, Krejci was alerted to the crazy rumors and laughed.

“Hey Timmy, I’ve been traded to four teams,” Krejci said to Tim Thomas.

Thomas, who was the subject of numerous trade rumors around the deadline last year and again in the summer, replied with a smile: “Been there! Fun place.”

*Following their game against the Islanders on Thursday night, the Bruins will travel to Ottawa for a tilt with the Senators Friday night. They'll come back to Boston for two off-days before heading out on the road to face the Flames (Feb. 22), the Canucks (Feb. 26), the Oilers (Feb. 27) and the Senators again (March 1). Their next home game will be March 3 against the Lightning.

*Patrice Bergeron missed practice for what Julien termed a “light maintenance day.”