TORONTO - In theory, it was a very good plan. As the Bruins prepared for their heaviest month-plus of 2011-12, they would give Tim Thomas the starts he required to stay sharp. They would spell the 37-year-old by giving Tuukka Rask plenty of action.
Once the puck dropped on the postseason, the Bruins would turn back to Thomas. The hope was that Thomas would be fresh, hungry, and ready to flaunt the magical touch he wielded for four rounds last season.