Thomas averaged more than 20 points and six assists per game


First, the goal was ruled good on the ice. Then an official’s review deemed the puck in before the net came off. THEN the Capitals challenged for goaltender interference and won the call on Kunitz running into Holtby’s glove unassisted.

Here’s the reasoning given by the NHL on the disallowed goal:

At 1:05 of the second period in the Capitals/Penguins game, video review confirmed that the puck deflected off of Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz and crossed the Washington goal line in a legal fashion before the net became displaced. According to Rule 78.4 “The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice”. Good goal Pittsburgh.

Give credit to the Sacramento Kings (a phrase you won’t hear often): They selected the undersized guard dead last in the 2011 NBA draft, and 29 teams wish they could have a redo.

But the Kings gave up on Thomas even as he showed flashes of the player he would become in Boston. In his third and final season in Sacramento, Thomas averaged more than 20 points and six assists per game. The Kings ultimately traded him for pennies on the dollar, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal then shipping him to the Phoenix Suns for Alex Oriakhi (the No. 57 pick in the 2013 draft) and Discount Bike Jerseys a $7 million trade exception.

Oriakhi now plays pro ball in Puerto Rico, and Sacramento, in all its glorious dysfunction, let the trade exception expire, unused.

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