BOSTON — He had already faced 40 shots on goal, including 25 in the third, so Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas had to know that there would be another one coming once Alexander Ovechkin got a hold of David Krejci’s inexplicable blind cross-ice pass in the closing moments of tonight’s game.
Anticipation helped Thomas make his 39th and last save in a wild 3-2 win at TD Garden.
“Yeah, as soon as David pushed it that way I pretty much knew that it was going to be me and Ovie,” said Thomas after he beat the Capitals for third time this season. “But whoever was back checking on him [Dennis Seidenberg] actually forced him to not be able to totally cut across the middle and not really get to his forehand to get a good shot off. That’s what really helped make that save there. I don’t know who it was, but it was actually good defensive play under the circumstances.”
It was a rare good defensive play by anyone not named Tim Thomas in the third period, which featured the Caps outshooting Boston, 26-2.
“I wasn’t over thinking it for some reason,” said Thomas of the workload. “I was just kind of playing it like practice. I didn’t really notice there was all that much work. I was just kind of going with the flow. Sometimes that’s what happens, and sometimes that can make it easier.”
Thomas is now 15-3-3 with a .951 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average.