BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins dont have a problem with Tim Thomas goaltendingstyle. They made that clear on Sunday at the TD Garden, after returning toBoston.
Thomas overtime blunder that caught him out of position forAlex Burrows' wrap-around game-winner 11 seconds into overtime on Saturdaynight was the hot topic of conversation one day later. But the Bruins wantedno part of it.
I have a pretty good idea of how to play goalie, saidThomas when asked if he felt he needed to make adjustments to his goaltendingstyle. Im not going to be taking suggestions or advice at this time. So Imjust going to keep playing the way I have.
His way isnt alwayspretty. But its worked most of the time, as Thomas is one of the major reasonsthe Bruins are four wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Problem is, the Vancouver Canucks are now only two wins awayfrom the capturing the same prize, after Thomas mostly reliable, sometimesoutrageous style led to Burrows Game 2 overtime winner, which gave the Canucksa 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
Burrows came in hard down the left wing with Zdeno Chararight on him and Thomas decided to not only come out of the net to cut offthe angle, but he also chose to lunge at Burrows as he took the puck behind thenet.
The result was a wide open net, a Burrows wrap-around, and a2-0 series lead for Vancouver.
A day later, the Bruins are defending their goaltender, andthey dont believe he needs to change anything.
All year long weve played in front of Timmy Thomas, and tome, hes a Vezina Trophy winner, said coach Claude Julien. We are hereright now because his contribution has been really good. For us to be sittinghere, having to answer those kind of questions, is ridiculous to me.
Hes won a Vezina Trophy already, as I mentioned. Hesprobably going to win one this year, in my mind anyway, for what hes done. Soto question his way of playing is really looking for something to talk about.
Yesterday, he made some unbelievable saves to keep us inthe game, added Julien. So if we want to focus on that last goal -- which Ithink theres a lot of other players who could have done a better job -- isfocusing on the wrong thing.
Once Thomas came out of the net, there was still anopportunity to stop Burrows from wrapping the puck around the far post and intothe net. Chara was right on him, but couldnt find a way to slow him down.
Still, the sentiment in the Bruins room at the TD Garden onSunday was, win as a team, lose as a team.
And that comes with Thomas playing the way he always has.
We play the same way in front of Timmy, at leastpersonally, for as long as Ive been here, said Chara. And hes got his ownstyle, and I dont think anything is wrong with it. Its been really successfulfor him. Hes really, as we all know, hes probably one of the best, if not thebest goaltender in the league. So I dont see why we should change the way weplay or the way should he change the way he plays.
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