June 12, 2011 in Sports

Bruins goaltender’s play in net going to waste in Stanley Cup finals

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Tim Thomas is giving a masterful performance in his net during the Stanley Cup finals. He’s also doing an excellent job masking the frustration that must be coursing through him.

The Bruins’ star goalie has allowed just six goals by the Vancouver Canucks in five games, yet Boston is heading home facing elimination in Game 6 on Monday.

Vancouver moved to the brink of its first NHL title with a 1-0 victory Friday – the Canucks’ second 1-0 home win in a series dominated by the home teams. Unless they hold off the Canucks at TD Garden, they won’t get one last chance to figure it out.

“The plan was for us to score more than them, which I guess we have, but …” Thomas said, his voice trailing off.

Indeed, the Bruins have outscored Vancouver 14-6 in the series, but 12 of those goals were in two blowout wins in Boston. The West Coast hasn’t been nearly as kind to the Bruins in a series in a series that’s been colored by dangerous hits, diving and taunting – but dominated by stellar goaltending from Thomas and Roberto Luongo.

Luongo has allowed two goals in three home victories for the Canucks.

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