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Tim Thomas would rather ‘hide what a nut’ he is than be on 24/7 01.02.12 at 1:25 pm ET
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Ilya Bryzgalov has made himself a household name, one weird comment at a time. (AP)

WILMINGTON — If Tim Thomas is as strange as Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, he doesn’t want people to know it.

With the Winter Classic set to be played Monday in Philadelphia, both the game and its accompanying television show, NHL 24/7 were popular topics in the Bruins’ dressing room after their practice at Ristuccia Arena.

The show, which follows the participating teams behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the game, is fascinating for hockey-lovers to watch, but might be a lot for the players to handle.

Bruins players said Monday that while they would love to play in the Winter Classic again, they might have reservations about having to be on the show. Some players, such as Bryzgalov, have let their quirky personalities turn them into stars of the show, but Thomas wouldn’t be so quick to do the same.

“I’d absolutely hate that,” Thomas said of being on the show. “Having cameras around all the time, I don’t care what you say, it changes the way you act. You’re either going to play for the camera or end up being quitter than you normally are. One way or another, I’d find it hard to be real with the camera.”

Added a grinning Thomas: “I’d rather hide what a nut I am rather than advertise it to the whole world like that.”

Bryzgalov’s fascination with the universe, his knowledge of the death penalty in China and his comparing his Siberian Husky to a “hot girl” have made this season’s show a hit. Thomas doesn’t have many interesting analogies for his pets.

“I’ve got a German Shepard and a mutt,” he said with a smile. “Good dogs.”

Thomas likes what the show is able to bring to fans, but he feels there would be a limit regarding how comfortable he would be with cameras following him around at all times.

“You get the camera around all the time like that and you start to turn hockey players into Jersey Shore cast members or an MTV kind of thing like that,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the way it should be, personally.”

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24/7 running diary: Ilya Bryzgalov says more crazy things 12.21.11 at 10:07 pm ET
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We’ll see how this goes…

10:01 – In the “previously on…” they show the Bryzgalov “hum-an-gous big” part. If that’s the funniest part of this episode, I still won’t mind.

10:03 –Henrik Lundqvist is in a Foo Fighters cover band? Maybe he and Tuukka Rask can form a goaltending super-group. Rask plays drums, but he’s more of a Metallica guy.

10:04 – John McEnroe as the fun-loving guitarist? This show has jumped the shark 64 minutes in.

10:06 – Dan Girardi’s kid reacted to the news of going to Philadelphia like the video was being sent to Jimmy Kimmel.

10:09 - REO Speedwagon. You betcha.

10:10 - On second thought, it still doesn’t beat last week’s Mac Miller scene.

10:11 - Good to see HBO can still do cool slow motion airport scenes even after Entourage is done. This is straight out of “Sundance Kids.”

10:14 – I’ll say it. I’m disappointed in Tortorella thus far. Sure, anyone can swear, but I thought that he would just… swear more.

10:15 - Laviolette answers the players’ questions on the ice? He doesn’t direct them to Paul Holmgren?

10:16 - Zac Rinaldo being shown pre-Lucic hit from behind.

10:17 – Bryzgalov time. What took so long?

10:18 – This scene of Harry Zolnierczyk asking Bryzgalov at lunch if he thinks he’s the star of the show is straight out of Mean Girls. Next, Regina George is going to ask him if he thinks he’s really pretty.

10:21 – Brandon Prust should be Tyler Seguin’s roommate. Got Boyle up without a problem.

10:23 – There’s the Tortorella we were hoping for. Imagine the Mighty Ducks movies if he played Gordon Bombay.

10:24 – Can that kid who re-did the Miracle speech on YouTube do this Tortorella one?

10:26 - Can that kid who re-did the Miracle speech on YouTube do this Laviolette one? It will help put me to sleep.

10:29 – “Instead we’re killing another FRICKIN’ penalty!” – Peter Laviolette. Or maybe it was Dr. Elliot Reid. Looked like Laviolette. Sounded like Smelliot.

10:35 – Love that they show how good these guys are with the community. Hockey players and coaches always are. Good to get a break from the laughing and swearing and see how down-to-earth they are.

10:37 – Pronger’s on the ice. If you’re not on twitter, you don’t get that joke.

10:38 – “Why so like, PAINFUL? You know, like? I don’t want to be goalie now.” – A Flyers fan needs to show their fanhood by getting a tattoo of that quote.

10:40 – If Bryzgalov asks, “So who is more crazy: Me, or ___?” the answer is always Bryzgalov.

10:46 – Were they taking an x-ray or creating a Wii avatar?

10:46 – Gaborik did not celebrate the 300th goal of his career by suffering the 300th injury of his career.

10:49 – Another slow-motion transportation scene. I smell a spinoff.

10:50 – The UNH grad in me can’t help but wonder why there’s been no JVR this episode, and barely any last week.

10:51 – “Holy f****, boys.” In case the standings don’t suggest other teams are overwhelmed by the Bruins, that does.

10:53 – They’re showing a bloodied Couturier undergoing cognitive testing after getting hit in the head with the puck. That’s why this show is so fascinating.

10:55 – The hit from behind scene was a little underwhelming. Simmonds yelled at him. Was hoping for more than “you hit him from behind.”

10:57 – All in all the footage from the Bruins game was underwhelming. The episode was somewhat lacking. Maybe they can sprinkle in cameos from the How to Make it in America Actors now that they cancelled it. Luis Guzman as a power-skating coach? I smell a spinoff.

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Patrice Bergeron named No. 2 star of the week 01.17.11 at 12:40 pm ET
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named the No. 2 star of the week for the week ending on Jan. 16. The 25-year-old was runner-up to Hurricanes winger Jussi Jokinen, who had four goals and three assists in three games for Carolina during the week.

Bergeron also had seven points during the week, scoring four goals and adding three assists over a four-game stretch in which the B’s went 3-1-0. On the season, Bergeron has 14 goals and 20 assists for a team-leading 34 points in 44 games.

Coyotes netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was named the third star.

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