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Capitals' fans taunt Bruins goalie Tim Thomas for skipping White House visit in January

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas skates on the ice during warm-ups past fans holding pictures before Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas skates on the ice during warm-ups past fans holding pictures before Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON - With Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas back in the nation's capital, Washington Capitals fans weren't going to let him forget his skipped trip to the White House.

At Game 3 of the Bruins-Capitals playoff series Monday night, several spectators showed up with pictures of President Barack Obama and signs taunting Thomas. In January, he didn't show up when the rest of the Bruins were invited to the Stanley Cup champions' traditional visit to the president's office.

Thomas, born in Michigan, said at the time he believes the federal government "has grown out of control."

Most of the Obama signs were displayed by fans sitting near the glass behind the net Thomas defended in the first and third periods of Monday's game.

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