Julien has Thomas' back after Luongo criticism

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Julien has Thomas' back after Luongo criticism

By Danny Picard
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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; Here we go again.

The Tim Thomas criticism has spread from the media tothe Vancouver Canucks dressing room, meaning the Bruins have to answerquestions about it once again.

Thomas was heavily criticized by the media after Game 2sovertime loss, about how he came out of the net to play Alex Burrows breakawayfrom the left wing, which led to a Burrows wraparound goal and the win.

And after Maxim Lapierres tough-angle shot that hit Thomasand went in, which decided Game 5 on Friday night, Canucks goaltender RobertoLuongo said he would have made the save.

It's not hard if you're playing in the paint, said Luongoafter Vancouvers Game 5 win. It's an easy save for me, but if you'rewandering out and aggressive like he does, that's going to happen.

Thomas wasnt available to the media back in Boston onSaturday afternoon, but his coach was. And he had Thomas back.

To be honest with you, this series has been a lot aboutcriticizing Thomas, Claude Julien said Saturday at the TD Garden. And I thinkyou guys are obviously loving it. But from our end of it, were down to thewire here, where weve really got to focus on our game and what it means, a lotmore than what is being said. Everybodys entitled to their opinion, and theycan say whatever they want. Right now, my focus is really on getting this teamback in the series."

Julien then went on to take a few shots of his own.

Robertos been good, said the Bruins coach. As we allknow, hes an elite goaltender. But I dont think weve made his life as hardin Vancouver, as we did here in Boston.

Lets put it this way. I dont think Timmys going to makemuch of that comment, added Julien. I think you guys are making more out ofit than Timmy will.

Either way, I think, Thomas' stats are proof itself. Hes givenup six goals in five games. The guy that made the comment about Thomas, Imnot quite sure how many hes let it in. I think you guys have a pretty goodidea. So I dont think Thomas is going to really lose sleep over that.

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Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.