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Throwback - Tim Thomas Makes Incredible Stick Save In The Playoffs

Published May 24, 2023 at 2:07 PM

Back in 2011, something truly extraordinary happened for the Boston Bruins during their playoff campaign, and it was undeniably their phenomenal goaltender who played a starring role in their success.

On that momentous day of May 23, 2011, the Bruins battled with the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Their netminder, Tim Thomas, delivered a masterclass performance, turning away an impressive 33 out of 34 shots on goal. This stellar display propelled the Bruins to a 3-1 victory, granting them a pivotal 3-2 series lead. While the series eventually extended to a grueling seven games, the Bruins emerged victorious. Those exhilarating encounters will forever be etched in the memories of hockey enthusiasts.

One particular instance stands out vividly—the unforgettable save by Tim Thomas during the third period. With a little under 11 minutes on the clock, Thomas dove out to make a breathtaking stop, thereby preserving the Bruins' one goal lead. The sheer athleticism and unwavering composure showcased in that moment left an indelible mark on all those fortunate enough to witness it.

Tim Thomas would continued to carry the Bruins forward, propelling them to the Stanley Cup Finals. In a decisive Game 7 showdown against the Vancouver Canucks, the Bruins delivered a 4-0 victory. Throughout the playoffs, Tim Thomas exhibited unwavering skill and determination, boasting an impressive 1.98 goals against average (GAA) and an astounding .940 save percentage (SV%). Such remarkable performance earned him the prestigious Vezina Trophy, given to the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

However, beyond the on-ice accomplishments, the aftermath of the Bruins lifting the cup left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness. June 15th witnessed an unprecedented turn of events in the city of Vancouver. As jubilation erupted, an unfortunate turn of events ensued, with rioting in Vancouver. The city was engulfed in literal flames, leaving an indelible scar and forever marking that day as a somber chapter in Vancouver's history.
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Throwback - Tim Thomas Makes Incredible Stick Save In The Playoffs

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