It happened in lightning quick time, pardon the pun.
At 9:20 of the third period in Monday night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins were hanging on to a slim 2-1 lead when goaltender Tim Thomas came up with what can only be described as a miraculous save.
Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer took a shot from the point that sailed wide of the net, with the puck landing on the stick of forward Steve Downie off the carom.
Downie had a wide open net. Gift goal, right? Think again.
Thomas, completely out of position, used his acrobatic body to slide his stick across the crease to somehow block the shot of Downie, preserving the 2-1 lead.
“It was just a reaction and desperation,” Thomas said, “and I will admit that I got a little bit lucky there.”
Even Versus analyst Eddie Olczyk called the save “miraculous.”
Thomas has always been known as one of the more acrobatic goalies in the NHL, and his save on Monday night certainly solidified that status.
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