Tim Thomas didn’t want to speak prior to the game Thursday presumably to stay focused on the task at hand of playing his former teammates with the Bruins. Though Thomas didn’t end up reaching his goal of beating his old team in a 3-2 loss when a Reilly Smith shot squirted through his leg pads with 59 seconds remaining in the third period the 39-year-old still managed to acquit himself well while making 37 saves in the 3-2 loss.

It was a mixed bag for the two-time Vezina Trophy winner and Conn Smythe recipient to be sure.

He wasn’t great in the first period while letting up a goals to Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton and the Smith game-winner squirting through Thomas’ five hole is never a good look for a goalie. Still in between Thomas was brilliant while making the bulk of his saves: his leg-pad stop on a Jarome Iginla partial breakaway in the third period while cutting through the heart of Florida’s defense was vintage Timmy.

Fortunately for the Bruins the creaky netminder the one that’s pushing 40 and coming off a year-long sabbatical showed up in the closing minutes just long enough to let his old team off the hook.

“It hurts the way [the game] ended up” admitted Thomas. “It was an awesome time [in Boston] but this is a new chapter in my life. I probably should have wanted to win worse [tonight] because I really didn’t go into it with that vengeful attitude of ‘Oh I want to beat my old team.’

“I went into it like I approach every game. I thought about it and almost felt guilty because it was my old team. But I’m not going to let that happen again.”

That was enough about the present day and on to the oft-discussed past with the former B’s goaltender.

After the game Thomas said he had no regrets about skipping out on the White House visit with his Stanley Cup-winning teammates and didn’t have any second thoughts about walking out on the Bruins in the shortened 2012-13 season. His “Friends Faith and Family” plan worked out for Thomas and for that part of it nobody should be holding a grudge.

“I made a decision based on what was best for me and my family. I felt the team was in capable hands” said Thomas. “I knew where Tuukka [Rask] was in his development and I was obviously proven right. I went and did something that was incredible for my life and incredible for my family’s life. I don’t regret it. That’s the most important thing.”

Did the media firestorm from skipping out on the White House visit contribute to any exhaustion that Thomas felt leading to the year away from hockey?

“Yeah…a little bit. But now I’m tougher and stronger and I could care less what other people say about that” said Thomas. “I’ll stand by my decision. I feel I did the right thing.