Bruins goalie Tim Thomas won a pair of ESPY awards at ESPN's annual sports awards festival in Los Angeles.
Thomas won for both best championship performance and best NHL player. He led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup, and a shutout of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the final capped a string of remarkable performances by the 37-year-old netminder.
Thomas led the NHL in both save percentage and goals-against average. He had 35 wins and nine shutouts in the regular season and 16 wins and four shutouts in the playoffs.
"I couldn't have won it without my teammates," Thomas said. "Everyone on our team contributed, and that's why I'm here tonight."
Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich won an ESPY for best comeback. Herzlich returned to the field for the Eagles in 2010 after battling cancer.The movie "The Fighter," about Lowell, Mass. boxer Micky Ward, won the ESPY for best sports movie.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, last season's NFL most valuable player, was nominated for best NFL player, but the award went to Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.
Celtics guard Ray Allen was nominated for best record-setting performance for breaking the NBA's record for career three-pointers, but the award went to US Open champion golfer Rory McIlroy.
The Bruins were nominated for best team, but the ESPY went to the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.
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