Thomas will finally face Obama (signs)

WASHINGTON -- If Washington Capitals fans think they’ll be able to torment Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas with signs of President Obama, they will be wasting paper and ink.

Nonetheless, Caps fans are reportedly organizing a wide-scale movement to taunt the reigning Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner.

Thomas has thrived in hostile environments in the past, and he figures to have another chance in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Monday night at Verizon Center.

Of course everyone knows that Thomas boycotted the team’s visit to the White House in January because of political reasons, but as far as his teammates and coaches are concerned, as long as he stops the puck it doesn’t matter what happened four months ago.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said there are no distractions around the team despite the venue. The coach was asked if Thomas is the type of player who feeds off attention he receives from opposing teams and their fans.

“I don’t know what kind of attention you’re talking about,” Julien said. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s here to play hockey. That’s been said a long time ago. He’s done a great job of living in the moment and that’s what he’ll continue doing. I have an idea of what you’re talking about but it’s not even an issue in our dressing room, so I don’t know why we keep bringing that up.”