Panthers goalie Tim Thomas is so focused on stopping pucks even in practice that until the Vancouver media throng reminded him on Monday, he had forgotten the last time he was in the Rogers Centre he was holding the Stanley Cup trophy aloft as the MVP of the 2011 finals.

"Until you asked me about it I really didn't think about it one way or another,'' said Thomas, who blanked the Canucks 4-0 in the Game 7 clincher. "I'm not expecting anything [from the Canucks fans], but whatever comes my way, comes my way.''

Thomas and the Bruins didn't travel to Vancouver in the 2011-12 season and he sat out the lockout season for personal reasons. Thomas, 39, who also didn't realize he became the 73rd goalie in NHL history to win his 200th victory in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Avalance until he received a congratulatory text after the game, did remember another special time in Vancouver.

Thomas was the backup to starting U.S. Olympic goalie Ryan Miller in 2010 when America reached the gold-medal game only to lose 3-2 in overtime to Canada. Although Thomas only played briefly against Finland, he said Monday that returning to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia this February was one of the main reasons he decided to end his one-year hiatus.