Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas joined Mut & Merloni Thursday to discuss the B's Eastern Conference quarterfinals win over the Canadiens. In talking with Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni, Thomas said he does not respect the play of Habs defenseman P.K. Subban, who appeared to dive in an attempt to draw a penalty on Gregory Campbell with Montreal already on the power play late in the first period Wednesday.
"I have respect for the Montreal Canadiens team and the way they played that series and the way that they battled, but to be completely honest, I don't have respect for actions like that," Thomas said. "That's a travesty to the game. That's not the way the game is supposed to be played. When I saw that happen in the first period, when he threw himself back on Campbell, it can be infuriating.
"If anything, it seems the refs let him get away with more, which I'm very surprised at. He's making the refs look not good on a regular basis. He's got enough talent, and he's a good enough player that there's no need for stuff like that."
Thomas is not the first Bruin to publicly criticize Subban's style of play. Center David Krejci was open about his feelings for the rookie defenseman after Game 1 of the series.
“I don’t like him,” Krejci said after Subban appeared to embellish on a play to draw a hooking call in the Habs' 2-0 win. “I’m not going to say what I think about him, but I don’t like him."
While Thomas is no fan of Subban's play, he is clearly a supporter of Canadiens netminder Carey Price. Both Thomas and Price allowed 17 goals over the course of the series, and though they fought each other on Feb. 9, there is a mutual respect between the two.
"He battled hard from start to finish in that series," Thomas said. "I've got to give him a lot of credit. As an opposing goalie, it's team vs. team. You're not really playing goalie vs. goalie. In this scenario, when the other goalie's playing that well, he pushes me to be as good as I can be.
"There were moments where you just kept waiting for him to hopefully break. It just never happened. A lot of times, if you put enough pressure for a long enough time on the opposing goalie, they'll break. That didn't happen."
The Bruins will open the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday in Philadelphia vs. the Flyers.
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