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Milan Lucic tells awesome Tim Thomas story from Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup run

Milan Lucic tells awesome Tim Thomas story from Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup run

Tim Thomas was the main reason why the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

The veteran goaltender dominated the playoffs with a .940 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average, which helped earn him the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP. 

It turns out he helped inspire the Bruins off the ice, too.

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Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic spent five seasons as Thomas' teammate in Boston, including the 2011 title run. Lucic told a great story on Barstool Sports' "Spittin' Chiclets" podcast about a classic one-liner that Thomas would say during the 2011 playoffs.

"What was really funny was every time we had a lead or we were tied going into the third period, one of the superstitious things that was said was Tim Thomas always said, 'I guarantee if we win this period we’ll win this game,'" Lucic said. "And we all would kind of cheer. It was something silly that we would say and the guys would be like, ‘yeah, (expletive) right, Timmy! Let’s go!’ That was Timmy’s one-liner that he would always say on that playoff run. I remember when he said it in that second intermission, going out for the third period in Game 7 against Vancouver, and he pipes up and he said it, 'I guarantee if we win this period we're gonna win the game.' And all the boys were like, '(expletive) right, Timmy, let's go win this period.' Everyone was jacked up. 

"The anticipation of him saying that, especially having a 3-0 lead, to go win the cup. I think he might have even said, ‘I guarantee if we win this period we’ll win the Stanley Cup.’ I think that’s exactly how he said it. When he said that everyone was so fired up to go out there to play the last 20 minutes and it all obviously was a dream come true after that."

Whatever works, right?

Thomas was brilliant in that Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He shut out the Vancouver Canucks with 37 saves on 37 shots in Boston's 4-0 championship-clinching victory.

Who are the best tough guys in Bruins history? Ranking the Top 10

Who are the best tough guys in Bruins history? Ranking the Top 10

There are a couple of things that the Bruins franchise has been known for during its long history as an Original Six NHL charter member.

One is certainly No. 1 defensemen with Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Zdeno Chara topping the list. Another is the long line of great goaltenders with names like Tiny Thompson, Frank Brimsek, Gerry Cheever, Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask among the all-time greats to man the pipes.

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Another staple for the franchise is toughness with players unafraid to thrown down with an offending opponent. Whether it was the Bobby Orr-era Bruins, the Lunchpail AC crew or the modern-day team that won the Cup in 2011, they have long lived up to the Big Bad Bruins moniker that’s long been a part of their history.

With apologies to true Bruins tough guys like John Wensink, Teddy Green, Nevin Markwart, Bruce Shoebottom, Ken Belanger, Adam McQuaid and even Hall of Famer Zdeno Chara, and old timers like Eddie Shore and Fern Flaman, here is the all-time top-10 list of Bruins tough guys:  

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Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic officially joined Instagram on Thursday, and Boston fans will absolutely love his first post. 

Although Lucic now plays for the Calgary Flames, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to reminisce on the B's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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Lucic posing with the Stanley Cup is a huge flex, but the big guy definitely did his part during the 2011 playoff run. The Vancouver native tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games playing alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton, including two goals and an assist in the series against the Canucks.

During his day with the Stanley Cup, Lucic returned to Vancouver for a celebration with family and friends, so we can imagine his first Instagram post is from that day. 

Hopefully he plans on sharing some more photos from 2011 because that championship run was electric.