Thomas rests on record-setting laurels

Tim Thomas made it into the record books on Sunday without getting off the bench.

With Claude Julien using Tuukka Rask in the team's regular-season finale against the Devils on Sunday, Thomas rested on his laurels, a NHL-record .9382 save percentage, the best mark since the league began including it in its statistics package in 1982-83.

Thomas bettered the mark of Dominik Hasek, who had a .9366 save percentage in 1998-99.

"I'll reflect on it once the season is really over a little bit more than I am right now,'' Thomas said.

Thomas improved to 35-11-9, but as he has done all season, he deflected credit for his impressive numbers toward his teammates.

"That number is a testament to the team in front of me and the way they have battled for me all year long, defensemen and forwards,'' he said. "That also reflects probably one of the best, if not the best defensemen in the world [in Zdeno Chara], out there in front of me, that I think should be getting a little bit more Norris [Trophy] talk than at least I've heard. But he's been stellar for us all year, playing against the top players on every team night in and night out and just doing a great job. So, that number is a team number.''

Thomas did admit that he thinks save percentage is relevant in evaluating a goaltender.

"I think it's the most reflective overall, although it's still probably not a perfect number because a lot of it depends on quality of shots, obviously,'' he said. "But overall, it's probably the best individual stat for a goalie.''

Thomas also had kind words for Hasek.

"Dominik Hasek was a hero of mine back when I was in college, a guy who played unconventional and had a ton of success. Even at college age, I was already labeled as somebody with my style that I couldn't do it at the next level. So, you know, he was an inspiration.''