Saving their hide

The Bruins are one win away from eliminating the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals and advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. Tim Thomas made 33 saves, but none was bigger than the one he made on the Lightning’s Steve Downie to protect a one-goal lead midway through the third period.

“It was just a reaction and a desperation. I’ll admit a I got a little bit lucky there. A little bit.”

— Tim Thomas

He was a lifesaver — again — for a team whose offense was maddeningly impotent. The Bruins put just nineteen shots on Lightning goalie Mike Smith, who was making his first career playoffs start. They had a 14-minute stretch in the first period without a shot, and two entire power plays without a single shot on net.

Yikes.

He may be one of the more unconventional goalies in the game but do you need any further evidence why he’s the favorite to win his second Vezina Trophy?

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