Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/26/11 at 10:56 PM ET
from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot,
Tim Thomas’s importance to the Boston Bruins cannot be understated. It has been proved time and again that if he is not standing on his head in the nets, the Bruins will probably lose.
More evidence in support of that statement came in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-4 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday, when Thomas stopped just 21 shots. In fairness to him, three Lightning goals came on power plays, but still, he was ordinary at best.
He will have to be better than ordinary on Friday night in Game 7 at TD Garden. Thomas’s Lightning counterpart, Dwayne Roloson, has an impeccable career record in elimination games — he has been the winning goalie in all seven he has played.
Boston Coach Claude Julien would not say it, but the Bruins are entirely dependent on Thomas’s often amazing goalkeeping. For Thomas, however, that is proving harder to conjure against Tampa Bay.
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