If the Bruins have innate trust in anything, its that Tim Thomas is going to show up in a big way for Game 7.
Thomas is 3-2 with a 2.04 goals against average and a .935 save percentage in Game 7 scenarios, and hasnt given up a Game 7 goal since a third period P.K. Subban strike in the first round of last years playoffs.
Thats the kind of performance that breeds confidence in a match-up with a 22-year-old rookie netminder in Braden Holtby, who has never played in a Game 7 and never won championships at any organized level of hockey while fighting his way through the ranks. The back-to-back shutouts in his last two Game 7 appearances against the Lightning and Canucks tell everybody everything they need to know about the 37-year-old netminder, and his teammates know hell come up big when the moments requires it.
Thomas said on Wednesdays off-day that fun is winning, and winning is fun and his teammates couldnt find any fault with that.
Were always confident when Thomas in net, said Brad Marchand. Hes such a good goalie and seems very focused right now so hopefully he puts another great game on the ice right now.
If they need a refresher all they need to do is take a look at Thomas performance in Game 6 at the Verizon Center coming off his worst game of the playoff series. Thomas was upset at two soft goals hed let up in the Game 5 loss at TD Garden, and harnessed those hurt feelings into a 34-save effort that included a highlight reel stick save on Marcus Johansson.
Thats the Game 7 Thomas that showed up last season en route to the Conn Smythe Trophy, and thats the version of the Bs goaltender the Bruins are expecting on Wednesday night.
Theres nobody else that Id want in the net. Hes a great goalie. Hes a great competitor. I dont think we can say enough about him and how good he is in clutch situation, said Chris Kelly.
While he may be a little too far out of his net at times and he may not be as bulletproof perfect as he was during last years playoff run, there is still every belief Thomas will be a force to be reckoned with in yet another Game 7 setting.