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Bruins Thomas sets new crazy save sequence standard

Boston Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas makes a stop during a wild scramble sequence Monday. (Photo by Scott Slingsby)


Boston Bruins standout Tim Thomas isn’t making it easy for InGoal Magazine to keep writing about how much work he’s put into improving his technique.

We swear he is.

Has been for five years now.

He’s told us so several times.

But after watching replays of his incredibly acrobatic save sequence (video below or check out the photo sequence from InGoal’s Scott Slingsby, who had a front-row seat for it) just 36 seconds into Monday’s 28-save shutout (his fourth already this season) of the New Jersey Devils, even InGoal has to admit how much easier it must be to just give into the stereotypes about a desperate, flopping, unorthodox goaltender with no distinct style.

After all it isn’t often you see a goaltender make a butterfly pad save WITH THE BACK OF HIS LEG, then do a spin move back into the crease that even the Battle of the Blades crowd would have a tough time replicating. Sometimes it really is just about doing whatever you can to get any body part between the puck and net, but as former playing partner Alex Auld told InGoal this week (the 1-on-1 Ask A Pro interview segment is available exclusively to newsletter subscribers), there is a lot even the most technical goalies can learn from Thomas. We’re just not sure how you’d diagram this one:

About The Author

Kevin Woodley

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.

2 Comments

  1. Rico

    That’s just Timmy being Timmy. Whatever it takes to keep the puck out of the net, it’s all good…

  2. Bill

    The best part about Thomas is he accepts that he has to ADD technique to continue to compete. Over the past 3 to 5 years several big name goalies have realized that to play well consistently you need to have a strong base to work from on the nights you need it. I like the way Mitch Korn explained it. These “save selections” are all tools in the goalies tool box. They are to be used for getting the job done right. I still play and coach at almost 60 and it works. It works for ALL ages and levels. Better goalies make better shooters. So each pushes the other in a fantastic game like no other, Hockey…