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Win for Panthers' Tim Thomas sparks Twitter war

Tim Thomas' return to Vancouver for the first time since Boston's Cup victory sparked a Twitter war.

A Tim Thomas victory tends to be a sensitive subject in Vancouver.

The Florida Panthers goaltender returned to Rogers Arena on Tuesday for the first time since backstopping the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks in 2011. 

Florida won, 3-2, thanks in part to the Cats netminder stopping all three shootout attempts.

What is strange, though, Thomas' return and eventual triumph set off a Twitter war between the Canucks and their Pacific Division rival, the Edmonton Oilers.

It started with a Canucks tweet noting fans were taunting Thomas.


That led to the Oilers to jump in with a chirp.


The Canucks responded with some trash talk...


...then landed a jab by tweeting a picture of Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward hoisting the Stanley Cup. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers in seven games in 2006.


Edmonton, which has won five Stanley Cups, ended up with the last laugh. Vancouver has yet to capture a Cup in its 43-year history.


The Florida Panthers ended up with the final say.


All because Florida's Thomas had a victorious return.

Erin Brown can be reached on Twitter @rinkside.