Friday, May 20, 2011

Tim Thomas and the Bruins Blank the Lightning

The Boston Bruins' 2-0 game three victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, gave the Bruins a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Tim Thomas anchored the Bruins in net stopping 31 shots, 15 of which came in the third period when the Lightning were desperately trying to tie the game. At one point in the first period Thomas decides to challenge himself by spinning after blocking a shot before making another kick save (see below).

The Bruins got an early goal from David Krejci, who found himself alone in the slot and deked around a scrambling Dwayne Roloson netting the puck just 1:09 into the first period. The Bruins would extend their lead to two in the third period after a shot squeaked through the legs of Roloson after Adrew Ference tipped a Michael Ryder shot from the point. The rest  was all Thomas coming up with key saves through out the game and not cracking during a pivotal penalty kill half way through the third period.

The Lightning, the team that scored the most goals through two rounds of play, will look to rebound and find their scoring touch before game four in Tampa. In order to do so they will have to find a way to get the puck past Thomas. Maybe jumping him in a dark alley before the game will do the trick, because once he is in his crease it's not an easy task.

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