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Thomas makes career of beating odds

Vezina trophy finalist continues to exceed others' expectations

Updated: May 13, 2011, 4:42 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Before Tim Thomas became a full-time goaltender for the Boston Bruins and proved his worth to the hockey world, he spent the early part of his professional career toiling around the minors and played in Finland.

He wanted nothing more than to be given an opportunity for a chance to play in the NHL.

Prior to the start of the 1999-2000 season, Thomas signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a two-way contract and worked out with the team during training camp. He was ...

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