The Flower needs to bloom, and quick 

October, 29, 2010

Tenacious Tim Thomas continued his terrific start by blanking Toronto, 2-0, last night in Boston. The 2009 Vezina Trophy winner, who struggled last year while battling nagging injuries, is a perfect 5-0, turning back 153 of 156 shots against. For that mathematically challenged, that figures to a silly good .981 save percentage. Heck, Thomas even has an assist!

While Thomas has been among those who've broken fast out of the gate, there have been others who've been playing like they're not sure the regular season has started. In this edition of Five-for-Friday, I'll take a look at a fist full of guys who really have to get it going!

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Penguins
The difference in the numbers between Fleury and back-up Brent Johnson are startling ... and not in a good way. In five games, the Pens' No. 1 stopper is just 1-4 with a 3.41 goals-against average and a sloppy .861 save percentage. Johnson, thankfully for Dan Bylsma, is 4-0-1 with a tidy 1.39 GAA and an impressive .951 SP. At some point, the Penguins' $5M starter has to get things turned around. Helping blow a two-goal lead in Tampa on Wednesday didn't start that process. The Pens host the Flyers tonight before traveling to Carolina to meet the Canes on Saturday.