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    Bruins fans cheer Tim Thomas in return to Boston

    The Bruins paid tribute to their former goalie Tim Thomas with a video presentation when Thomas was in town with the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

    During a TV timeout at 10:39 of the third period Thursday night, a video montage showed some of Thomas’s best stops – his stick save on Tampa Bay’s Steve Downie was a highlight – and a glimpse of the goalie lifting the Stanley Cup in 2011.

    He later told the Miami Herald, “Great to be back at the Garden, great to be back in Boston. I was hoping for that kind of reaction from the fans.”

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    After the video, the scoreboard showed Thomas, who sat out the game while rehabbing a groin injury, sitting in the press box.

    The TD Garden crowd cheered, along with Thomas’s former teammates and coaching staff. Thomas stood to acknowledge the ovation.