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Tim Thomas: Political comments ‘personal’ 02.08.12 at 11:30 pm ET
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BUFFALO — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was asked two questions about his Facebook comments about the Catholic church Wednesday. The first question wasn’t finished before he responded.

“That’s my personal life,” he said. “I won’t be talking about that. It has absolutely nothing to do with the game of hockey.”

Thomas was then asked whether he worried about the attention that his comments on Facebook attract.

“That’s my personal life,” he said. “I won’t be commenting on that. It has nothing to do with the game of hockey or my job as a Boston Bruin.”

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Tim Thomas posted another thing on Facebook at 3:30 pm ET
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Tim Thomas is back on Facebook offering his thoughts. (AP)

BUFFALO — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas took to Facebook again Wednesday to express his political views.

Thomas posted the following on Wednesday:

I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom.

‘In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.’
– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

Thomas famously posted his reasoning for not visiting the White House on his Facebook page last month, and has used Facebook to post messages and quotes.

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Andy Brickley on D&C: ‘Too much inconsistency in the Bruins’ game right now’ 02.01.12 at 10:33 am ET
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NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Wednesday to talk about the Bruins’ first game since the All-Star break, the fans’ reaction to Tim Thomas and the Super Bowl.

Despite a sloppy start to Tuesday’s game, the Bruins’ first game in almost a week, the B’s impressed Brickley with their resolve by putting the pieces together in the third period for a 4-3 win.

“When the game was on the line and they had to take their intensity to a different level they did it in the third period,” Brickley said. “Third periods have been great for them all year. Now, if you look at the first 40, it looked like a team that had had five days off. That’s a lot of time.”

Added Brickley: “There’s still just too much inconsistency in the Bruins’ game right now.”

Tim Thomas received an ovation from the TD Garden crowd before the game, ending speculation that fans might turn on him following the White House controversy.

“If there were any boo-birds in the building, they were certainly going to get drowned out,” Brickley said, adding: “Nobody’s going to boo him. Even if his perception has changed with the Bruins fans, it’s not worthy of being booed. Absolutely not.”

As for Thomas’ play in the game, Brickley said: “He looked just like the rest of the team. He had his moments of real good play and then he had some inconsistent moments, some rebounds maybe he’d like to have back. But once again, that ultracompetitiveness takes over when the game’s on the line and he made the saves he had to make.”

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Zdeno Chara looks to keep hardest shot title for fifth straight year 01.28.12 at 3:11 am ET
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The All-Star captains picked participants for Saturday night’s skills competition, and it’s no surprise that Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber will once again square off in the hardest shot contest.

Chara, who has won the competition for the last four years (he broke his own record with a 105.9 mile per hour blast last year), will be joined by Dennis Wideman, Dion Phaneuf and rookie Luke Adams on Team Chara. Team Alfredsson’s group for the competition includes Weber, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and rookie Justin Faulk. Chara will also participate in the skills challenge relay.

Tyler Seguin will represent Team Chara in the accuracy shooting competition. He will be joined by Jamie Benn, Marian Hossa and rookie Cody Hodgson. Representing Team Alfreddson will be Spezza, Steven Stamkos, Daniel Sedin and rookie Matt Read. Both Seguin and Tim Thomas will participate in the elimination shootout.

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Brad Marchand on M&M: Tim Thomas ‘made his decision and that’s that’ 01.25.12 at 2:30 pm ET
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Brad Marchand made it clear the team wants to move on from the Tim Thomas controversy. (AP)

Bruins forward Brad Marchand made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon and talked at length about the Bruins’ visit to the White House, time off from hockey during the All-Star break and the team’s prospects for the second half of the season.

On Monday, the Bruins visited the White House and President Barack Obama to celebrate their 2011 Stanley Cup title. For Marchand, it was an incredible opportunity that he and the team cherished.

“That was pretty cool, it was almost surreal,” Marchand said of being on stage with the president. “You see him on TV and obviously he’s such an iconic figure and it’s a room filled with cameras and everything. It was a good time.”

The visit, however, did not come without some controversy, as goaltender Tim Thomas, the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient, did not attend the ceremony. In a Facebook post, Thomas noted that he believes “the Federal government has grown out of control,” but stressed that his decision was “not about politics or party.”

Marchand said that Thomas’ absence did not take away from the Bruins’ day in Washington.

“I had fun,” Marchand said. “Timmy made his decision and that’s that.”

With the Bruins sitting at 31-14 and in first place in the Northeast Division, Marchand also stated that he feels good about the direction of the team heading into the season’s second half.

“Definitely,” he said. “We’re sitting in a very good position right now. We haven’t been as hot of late, but with a little bit of a break right now and we get back into things, hopefully we get back to the way we were playing before. We’re in a great position, especially after how we started.”

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Carey Price happy for Tim Thomas for skipping White House, standing up for what he believes in at 12:55 am ET
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Carey Price is happy to see Tim Thomas fight for what he believes in. (AP)

A lot of people have had opinions on Tim Thomas’ decision to skip the White House Monday. Count Carey Price among those who applaud Thomas’ controversial move.

The Canadiens goaltender said Tuesday that he respects Thomas’ decision to skip the team’s day with President Barack Obama. In a statement explaining the decision, Thomas said it “was not about politics or party,” something Price got a kick out of.

“He’s not political? That’s a pretty political move,” Price told reporters with a laugh. “It’s bold. Good on him, to stand up for what he believes in.”

Price was then asked if he would visit Prime Minister Stephen Harper if the Habs ever won the Cup.

“I’d be there with bells on. That’s just me,” he said. “I don’t really have much issues with our government. Everybody has their own opinions, and it’s absolutely amazing that [Thomas] stands up for what he believes in, so good on him.”

Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who won the Cup with the B’s, made the trip to the White House, but offered little comment on the Thomas situation.

“It’s the guy’s opinion,” Kaberle said, “and that’s it.”

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Poll: Was Tim Thomas right to skip White House ceremony? 01.23.12 at 9:20 pm ET
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How do you feel about Tim Thomas' decision to skip the White House ceremony honoring the Bruins because of his political beliefs?

  • He was right to stand up for what he believes and let it be known (47%, 539 Votes)
  • He should have attended the ceremony and kept his mouth shut (44%, 506 Votes)
  • He can skip the function, but he should have kept quiet about it (6%, 69 Votes)
  • None of this would have happened if he would have only pumped Roberto Luongo's tires (3%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,148

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