Shots on Goal: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins
The Bruins goal as of late has been to give Tim Thomas (30-18-0) some rest and build a little consistency in their game as playoff time approaches. Tuesday night they accomplished both even though Thomas was on the ice for the full 60 as Boston rolled over Toronto in an 8-0 rout.
Thomas didn’t look like he broke a sweat all night as he only faced 13 shots total. It took 11 minutes into the game before he had to make the first of his 2 saves for that period. He faced 11 more shots, 5 in the second frame, 6 in the third.
This was his 5th shutout of the season, 31st of his career and his 4th career vs the Maple Leafs.
The other end ice was a different story with James Reimer (13-13-4), coming off 2 wins, being replaced after 4 goals on 9 shots in the first 13 minutes of the game.
His replacement, Jonas Gustavsson (17-16-3), didn’t fair much better. Although he held the Bruins scoreless the rest of the period, the B’s struck for 3 in the second and finished it off with one more in the third.
“Goaltending falls right in line with the rest of our team,” Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. “They didn’t play to the level that was required. … Your goaltender has to give you a chance, but your team has to help your goaltender and give him a chance.”
“I have never really seen anything like that (domination),” Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer said. “I’m not sure why one team has an advantage.”
The win for Boston completes 6-0 series sweep over the Maple Leafs. A first since the Leafs joined the Eastern Conference in 1998-99.
Note: In addition to the new pads, Thomas swapped out his Reebok stick for a Warrior.