Bruins Thomas sets new crazy save sequence standard
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.
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: