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A great Tim Thomas stat brought to you by a Leafs blogger

If anyone on twitter isn’t following Down Goes Brown (@downgoesbrown [1]), not only are they missing out on very amusing snarky commentary on the NHL [2], but they will have also missed out on perhaps an amusing stat regarding Tim Thomas [3] and his MVP campaign. Check out this nugget, which emerged Thursday in wake of Thomas’ goalie fight with Carey Price [4] Wednesday:

Thomas is a serious Hart candidate [5], though the six goals he allowed Wednesday dent his chances. Even so, his current .942 save percentage would surpass Dominik Hasek’s .937 in 1998-99 as the best since the stat began being recorded.

As for the second half of this interesting development, DGB tweets that the other Hart winner to have a fighting major in the last 10 years was one Joe Thornton [6], who fought Tim Gleason in 2005-06.

Only six goaltenders have been named MVP of the league, but it seems a Hart winner dropping the gloves these days is just as rare. The spectacle that is Thomas’ season continues to grow.