Stunning news from Bruins goalie Tim Thomas


Stunning news from Bruins goalie Tim Thomas

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BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas says he'll sit out next season. "At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected," Thomas said on his Facebook page Sunday. "That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's. Friends, Family, and Faith." On Friday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thomas told the team he was thinking about sitting out a season. A late bloomer who played in Finland before finally breaking into an NHL lineup at the age of 32, Thomas emerged as one of the league's top goalies when he won the Vezina Trophy in 2009. He won it again along with the playoff MVP in 2011 while leading Boston to the Stanley Cup championship. But he is also an iconoclast who was known to wander far from the crease in games and occasionally leave his comfort zone off the ice as well. When the Bruins met President Barack Obama to celebrate their NHL title, Thomas skipped the White House visit and issued a political diatribe on his Facebook page as explanation. Chiarelli said Friday that Thomas appeared tired after the championship season, when he played in 82 games, including every minute of the longest postseason in Bruins history. He got very little time off down the stretch this year after backup Tuukka Rask was injured at the beginning of March. Chiarelli said Thomas expressed an interest in playing in the 2014 Olympics, which will be two months before he turns 40. But he is not certain to be picked for the U.S. team over Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard or another young American goaltender who might have emerged by then. Thomas was a member of the U.S. team in Vancouver, but he did not play on the squad that won the silver medal. The Bruins are left with Rask and Anton Khudobin as their top two goaltenders for next season. Rask has long been projected as a rising star; he supplanted Thomas as the starter in 2009-10, but Thomas regained his position the next year and remained there.

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VIDEO: Wizards celebrate first division title in 38 years in locker room with coach Scott Brooks

VIDEO: Wizards celebrate first division title in 38 years in locker room with coach Scott Brooks

On Tuesday night in Los Angeles the Wizards were partying like it was 1979. Okay, maybe not qute but after winning the first division title for the franchise in 38 years, the Wizards held a postgame celebration in the locker room.

It didn't involve champagne or goggles or anything like that, but they did douse coach Scott Brooks with water. And afterwards they came together to embrace as a team.

The aftermath of Brooks' shower and the conversation that followed was captured on camera by the Wizards.

Watch it all right here:

That's good stuff and they earned it.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers to win division title

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers to win division title

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards' win over the Lakers meant a lot, as it captured their first division championship in 38 years, since 1978-79. That was the longest division title drought in all of North American pro sports.

The game itself was pretty ugly, as the Wizards found themselves down 16 points at one time before coming back to win. Along the way there were many highlights, including this thunderous slam by John Wall in the first quarter:

2. Wall ended up with 34 points, 14 assists and four steals. Two of those points came on this up-and-under layup. Wall went straight to the rim and finished:

3. Here is one of Wall's four steals. He snatched it and finished on the other end with another big left-handed dunk:

4. Now for the shots that sealed the win. First, here is Bradley Beal hitting a vicious stepback jumper to score two of his 16 points:

5. And here is Wall putting the finishing touches on the victory with a stepback J of his own. This was just nasty:

Now for a few moments unrelated to actually plays. Here is Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell consoling a young girl in the crowd whom he ran into while chasing a loose ball:

Here is the scene postgame after coach Scott Brooks was soaked with water by the Wizards:

And finally, this is a clever meme from Dan Martin on our digital staff. It was a Hollywood ending:

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