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[[File:TimThomasStretching.jpg|Right|thumb|Thomas stretching prior to a game in November 2008]]
 
[[File:TimThomasStretching.jpg|Right|thumb|Thomas stretching prior to a game in November 2008]]
On July 1, 2007, the Bruins acquired goaltender [[Emmanuel Fernandez|Manny Fernandez]] from the [[Minnesota Wild]] and later traded Thomas' previous backup, Toivonen, to the [[St. Louis Blues (ice hockey)|St. Louis Blues]]. Many hockey analysts presumed that Thomas would support Fernandez as a backup goaltender once again for the [[2007–08 NHL season|2007–08 season]]. However, as Fernandez went down to injury early in the season, Thomas seized the opportunity and once again emerged as the Bruins' starting goalie. He was selected for his first [[National Hockey League All-Star Game|NHL All-Star Game]] on January 22, 2008 as a replacement for [[Martin Brodeur]] and played in the third period of the game, stopping 14 of 18 shots. Thomas was credited with the win, as the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 8–7.
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On July 1, 2007, the Bruins acquired goaltender [[Emmanuel Fernandez|Manny Fernandez]] from the [[Minnesota Wild]] and later traded Thomas' previous backup, Toivonen, to the [[St. Louis Blues (ice hockey)|St. Louis Blues]]. Many hockey analysts presumed that Thomas would support Fernandez as a backup goaltender once again for the [[2007–08 NHL season|2007–08 season]].{{Citation needed|date=November 2008}} However, as Fernandez went down to injury early in the season, Thomas seized the opportunity and once again emerged as the Bruins' starting goalie. He was selected for his first [[National Hockey League All-Star Game|NHL All-Star Game]] on January 22, 2008 as a replacement for [[Martin Brodeur]] and played in the third period of the game, stopping 14 of 18 shots. Thomas was credited with the win, as the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 8–7.
   
 
Early in the [[2008–09 NHL season|2008–09 season]], Thomas became the first Bruins goalie to record back-to-back shutouts since [[Byron Dafoe]] in [[1998–99 NHL season|1999]], winning 1–0 games against the [[Edmonton Oilers]] on October 27, 2008 and the [[Vancouver Canucks]] on October 28.<ref>{{cite web|title=Thomas records second straight shutout; Bruins top Vancouver 1–0|url=http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ihhqVdBxe7wlfxQe2fHGVEPb2jew|accessdate=2008-11-03|date=2008-10-28|publisher=[[Canadian Press]]}}</ref> His overall shutout streak came to end the next game at 154:43 minutes against the [[Calgary Flames]] on October 30.<ref>{{cite web|title=October was a month of highlights|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=390289|accessdate=2008-11-03|publisher=[[National Hockey League]]}}</ref> In late November, Thomas missed a few games due to an illness. He was chosen to play in his second [[57th National Hockey League All-Star Game|All-Star Game]] in 2009 and was once again the winning goaltender for the Eastern Conference, beating the Western Conference 12–11 in a shootout (the first time the All-Star Game required the tie-breaker since 2005).<ref name=NHLPA/> A month later, on February 26, 2009, Thomas recorded his 100th NHL win, in a 6–0 shutout against the [[Anaheim Ducks]].<ref name=NHLPA>{{cite web |url= http://www.nhlpa.com/News/Headlines/87763886-545D-4E91-8AF8-43971D67FAAF/Tim-Thomas-Making-Memories-At-Fenway |title = Tim Thomas: Making Memories at Fenway |publisher = NHLPA.com| accessdate =March, 30 2010}}</ref>
 
Early in the [[2008–09 NHL season|2008–09 season]], Thomas became the first Bruins goalie to record back-to-back shutouts since [[Byron Dafoe]] in [[1998–99 NHL season|1999]], winning 1–0 games against the [[Edmonton Oilers]] on October 27, 2008 and the [[Vancouver Canucks]] on October 28.<ref>{{cite web|title=Thomas records second straight shutout; Bruins top Vancouver 1–0|url=http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ihhqVdBxe7wlfxQe2fHGVEPb2jew|accessdate=2008-11-03|date=2008-10-28|publisher=[[Canadian Press]]}}</ref> His overall shutout streak came to end the next game at 154:43 minutes against the [[Calgary Flames]] on October 30.<ref>{{cite web|title=October was a month of highlights|url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=390289|accessdate=2008-11-03|publisher=[[National Hockey League]]}}</ref> In late November, Thomas missed a few games due to an illness. He was chosen to play in his second [[57th National Hockey League All-Star Game|All-Star Game]] in 2009 and was once again the winning goaltender for the Eastern Conference, beating the Western Conference 12–11 in a shootout (the first time the All-Star Game required the tie-breaker since 2005).<ref name=NHLPA/> A month later, on February 26, 2009, Thomas recorded his 100th NHL win, in a 6–0 shutout against the [[Anaheim Ducks]].<ref name=NHLPA>{{cite web |url= http://www.nhlpa.com/News/Headlines/87763886-545D-4E91-8AF8-43971D67FAAF/Tim-Thomas-Making-Memories-At-Fenway |title = Tim Thomas: Making Memories at Fenway |publisher = NHLPA.com| accessdate =March, 30 2010}}</ref>
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