Tim Thomas Made The Save Of The Playoffs Last Night (Video)
One save can often be the difference between winning or losing. In the case of Tim Thomas‘ stick save on Steve Downie during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night, it may prove to be the difference between a Stanley Cup and elimination.
With the Bruins leading 2-1 midway through the third period, the Lightning threw everything they had at Thomas in an effort to score the equalizer. They thought they had it, as Downie found himself staring at an empty net after a point shot from Eric Brewer ricocheted off the end-boards and onto the stick of the Lightning forward. However, some luck and a “never give up” attitude helped Thomas somehow keep the puck out of the net, preserving the Bruins’ 2-1 lead.
Boston would eventually hold on, adding an empty-netter for the 3-1 victory.
Thomas told reporters prior to Game 5 that the Bruins would win the series, and he appeared to channel his inner-Mark Messier last night with an incredible 33-save performance that now has the Bruins one win away from their first Stanley Cup Finals in 21 years. If they do go on to raise the Cup, many will look back at this save as a defining moment in the Bruins’ run to the championship.
Here is another look at Thomas’ miraculous save.