BOSTON — Before we go into a whole breakdown of the Bruins’ 4-0 thumping of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, I just want to highlight one moment.
First, the Vancouver Canucks had been crashing the net and taking liberties with Tim Thomas in the crease. Winger Alex Burrows knocked the stick out of Thomas’ hands. And Thomas reacted:
After the game, Thomas defended his actions to the press:
They’d been getting the butt end of my stick actually. They did it a couple of times on the power-play in the first period also. I don’t know who it was, I was focused on the puck. That was like the third time that he’d hit my butt end on that power-play. On 6-4, we were up 4-0, the game was getting down toward the end, so I thought I’d give him a little love tap and let him know, ‘I know what you’re doing, but I’m not going to let you do it forever.’
This post is here not to reinforce the fact that Thomas is as tenacious a goalie in his crease as I’ve seen in years — maybe not since Ron Hextall.
No, this entire post is to tell you that I’ve never heard a sound quite like the roar of approval the crowd gave Thomas when his 2-minute slashing penalty was announced. It was enthusiastic and deafening. Boston loves their goalie, I’ll tell you that much.