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by Alanah McGinley on 06/16/11 at 12:22 AM ET
Thomas’ first save of the night, a stop on a shot by Vancouver’s Chris Tanev 1:48 into Wednesday night’s game, was his 762nd of the playoffs, giving him the mark for the most saves by a goaltender in one playoff year. He broke a tie with Kirk McLean, who made 761 saves for Vancouver in 1994, the last time the Canucks went to the Final.
Thomas finished the night with 37 saves, giving him a total of 798 this spring.
The first shot Thomas stopped in the second period gave him another record—it was the 821st he faced this spring, moving him past McLean’s total in 1994. He finished the spring facing 849 shots, passing McLean’s total of 820.
Thomas also broke the Final record for saves, which had been held by Toronto’s Johnny Bower in 1964. Thomas’ 37 saves in Game 7 gave him 238, five more than Bower made in leading the Leafs to the Cup 47 years ago. He wound up facing 246 shots the seven games, third on the all-time list behind Bower (250) and McLean (247).
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