BOSTON ---- Henik Sedin took submissions on how to solve Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.
“I don’t know, do you have an answer for me?” the Vancouver Canucks captain said after Boston’s 4-0 victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday. “He’s playing well right now like [Roberto Luongo] is when he’s hot. When top goalies like him are getting hot, it’s tough to score goals. We need to get a greasy one.”
Canucks forward Alex Burrows may have had that in mind when he attempted to whack Thomas’ stick out of his hand in the third period. Thomas gave Burrows a nice slash in the calf a moment later and a scrum ensued. The Canucks were on the power play for the final 1:51 after that skirmish and still couldn’t get one past Thomas.
“They did it a couple of times on the power play in the first period also,” Thomas said. “I don't know who it was, I was focused on the puck. That was like the third time that he'd hit my butt end on that power play. The game was getting down toward the end, so I thought I'd give him a little love tap and let him know.”
Thomas, whose aggressive tact in net was criticized after the Bruins dropped the first games of the series, is back to being a goaltending savant. He allowed one goal on 79 shots in Game 3-4.
“There's no secret to it,” Thomas said. “Well, I can tell you any success I've had in this series against them is because I've worked extremely hard and that's the way I approach it.”
One thing that the Canucks still seem to have a problem with is how Thomas is able to roam freely outside his crease.
“He definitely plays outside his net,” Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. “At some point you are going to have to say if he’s going to come out of his blue paint and bumping into our guys, he should be fair game. It’s a little unfair that he can come out and push us around.”
-- A.J. Perez