Thomas is in good company

BOSTON -- Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas knows a lot about the history of the game. When it comes to stats and former players, he has a solid understanding of what came before him.

After the team’s practice Sunday morning at TD Garden, a reporter mentioned to Thomas and he and former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden were the only goalies in history to graduate college and play this deep into the Stanley Cup finals.

Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Dwayne Roloson, who graduated from UMass-Lowell, helped the Edmonton Oilers reach the Cup in 2006, but he was injured early in that series and did play past Game 1.

That leaves Thomas and Dryden.

“I didn’t realize that me and him were the only two,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Ken Dryden. He played at Cornell, the same league I played college hockey at.”

Thomas explained that he read Dryden’s book “The Game” when he was in college at the University of Vermont and it served as motivation for him.

“When I was in college, I remember looking at what he’d accomplished and his stats. Those were the stats that I was gunning for to try to reach in college because he had a good college career. I read his book too, and gained some insight from that. I would like to hope that I can finish it off and get the Cup like he did.”