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The tale of two goaltenders

Careers of Johnny Bower and Tim Thomas run parallel paths through different eras

Updated: March 30, 2011, 11:59 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Even before Tim Thomas became a full-time goaltender in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, he knew the storied history of Hall of Fame netminder Johnny Bower.

Thomas knew hockey was different when Bower played in the 1950s and 1960s compared to today's game. He knew the NHL was made up of the Original Six teams when Bower was scratching and clawing his way through the minors, waiting for his opportunity.

Thomas read and learned about Bower's brief stint with the New York Rangers ...

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