The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/8/11 — Tim Thomas
Should the Boston Bruins go on to defeat the Vancouver Canucks and capture the Stanley Cup, there will be little debate as to who should receive the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs. When it comes to the Bruins’, no one has been more valuable than goaltender Tim Thomas.
After losing the first two games of the series, Thomas’ brilliance between the pipes has helped Boston bounce back on home ice and tie the series up at 2-2. The Canucks threw an impressive 38 shots his way in Game 4, but none of those shots would get by the Bruins’ goalkeeper, as he earned his third shutout of the playoffs during the 4-0 victory.
After allowing only one goal on 79 shots in his last two games, Thomas currently finds himself in the lead for every major goaltending statistic in these playoffs. His third shutout and fourteenth win has him tied for first with Roberto Luongo in both categories, while his .936 save percentage and 2.11 goals against average are good enough to lead the league. With the series now headed back to Vancouver, you can expect the Canucks to come out hard at home, but they will have to find a way to beat Thomas if they want to maintain home-ice advantage. Thomas appeared to be unbeatable last night, and because of that he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, June 8, 2011.