BOSTON (CBS) — The New York Rangers have the most points in the NHL and have 10 points more than any other team in the Eastern Conference, so clearly, they’ve got quite a bit working in their favor.

On top of stellar goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, a solid defensive system from John Tortorella and a balanced scoring attack, the Rangers also have a bit of an advantage when it comes to their home building of Madison Square Garden. That’s at least what Bruins goalie Tim Thomas seems to believe.

Thomas was asked by the Boston Herald if he is ready for the increased workload that awaits if backup Tuukka Rask is injured significantly.

“Yeah,” he told the Herald. “Especially if I go to an arena with lights.”

The lighting at Madison Square Garden is definitely different from other NHL arenas, as is evidenced by its appearance even on television. Still, they haven’t prevented Lundqvist from leading the league in save percentage and shutouts this year.

Without getting too specific, Thomas also said things just weren’t right for him at MSG.

“Every [goal] was a screen or a weird, goofy bounce,” he told the Herald. “It wasn’t a normal game for a goaltender. Let’s put it that way.”

Thomas made just 13 saves on 17 shots. It was just the fifth time all year that he allowed four or more goals in a game, and the first time since Jan. 22, when he allowed five in Philadelphia.

Going back to the 2008-09 season, when he won his first Vezina Trophy, Thomas is 1-3-1 at Madison Square Garden with a .902 save percentage and 2.57 goals-against average.

Comments (16)
  1. F Harris says:

    Tim Thomas also says that the Lights in Ottawa are the reason that he plays so well there.

    1. gramps says:

      Must’ve been the ‘Parents’ of the Ranger players shining ‘LASERS’ in his eye’s….


  2. LloydBraun says:

    He is obviously a great goalie but questionable personality. Sure the moustache was all for charity, nothing to do with trying to hide the tobacco in his top lip.

  3. Hank says:

    It’s those damned liberal NY electricians!

  4. Paul Smachetti says:

    ” I will not be going to The White House to celebrate our team’s Stanley Cup victory because I disagree with the Obama administration’s policies.”
    ” I don’t want to discuss my Facebook comments on the contraception benefits in the Affordable care Act here at the rink because this is my job and that’s my personal beliefs.”
    ” Yeah I can handle a bigger workload if I get to play in arenas with real lights.”
    When did Tim Thomas turn into such a big toolbag?

    1. tsal says:

      sad isn’t it?

    2. Rose says:

      You hit the nail on the head. I wish he would just focus on playing.

  5. DoverDavid says:

    Maybe it’s not the lights on Tim, but Christ’s inner light.

  6. nsbombers says:

    I agree with thomas.I have noticed on tv it is very dark.Though his play has not been up to par.

  7. Jaygee says:

    Well at least Timmy didn’t put all of the blame on the President. So do the lights in the Garden only affect visiting teams?

  8. FireGuyFrank says:

    Good grief, if Thomas is making excuses, then this season is truly lost. When to the Patriots start camp?

  9. T.R. Nichols says:

    I think Thomas has it straight.I’ve been to MSG and the lighting is definitly different.You can see shadows on the ice that you don’t see at other arenas.Check it out,it’s true.Would bug hell out of me too!

  10. scotch679 says:

    Timmy’ not playing up to par is true, but what’s up with the MSG lighting, maybe this is something that should be looked into.

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