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How many shots do the Philadelphia Flyers need to take to get past Tim Thomas? Apparently not enough. After giving up two goals in the first period of Game 2 Monday night, Thomas was able to hold off the Flyers’ next 46 shots on goal.
Forcing overtime, the hero this time for the Boston Bruins was David Krejci with his fourth goal of the playoffs 14 minutes into the sudden death period. The goal was not called initially by the referee, but after reviewing the play it was clear the puck hit the back of the net and came back out onto the ice. The Bruins came away with the 3-2 victory and are now up 2-0 in the series, heading home to play the next two games.
The Flyers jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead with two goals by James van Riemsdyk, one in the first .29 seconds and the other on Philadelphia’s first power play midway through the period.
The Bruins responded by scoring two quick goals less than two minutes apart later in the period. After that, it was all goal tending.
The Bruins were able to fend off an important power play by the Flyers late in the third period. Tim Thomas made a spectacular save with less than four seconds left in the game as Danny Briere missed a shot with Thomas out of the crease to force overtime.
Although Krejci was the savior in overtime, the Bruins would have never gotten there if it wasn’t for Tim Thomas, who was absolutely sensational. After allowing those first two goals, which were tough, he locked down and did the defense a favor and saved the next 46 straight shots. He said after the game that it wasn’t until the third period that he finally got comfortable.
“By the third period, I was really starting to get into a rhythm which was a good thing because they were really getting off shots,” Thomas said.
Thomas made a total of 52 saves on the night to continue his perfect streak against Philly, as he is now 8-0 against them. If this guy doesn’t get the Vezina Trophy it is an absolute sham as he deserves it more than anyone. He was the hands-down best goalie this season.
On the other side of the ice was Brian Boucher. He played the majority of the game in goal for the Flyers, as he briefly left during the second period after injuring his wrist. Boucher was much better Monday night than his first performance in Game 1, when he allowed five goals off of 23 shots. In Game 2, he saved 32-of-35 shots on goal, with a lot of them being very tough to handle.
Sergei Bobrovsky filled in for Boucher in his absence and stopped all six shots he saw.