It was a weird scene after Game 2. The Bruins had won, but the near collapse caused people to overreact. The defense is too slow to hang with Tampa, they said. Tim Thomas is obviously too tired, they said. This Bruins team is going to wilt against Tampa Bay's pressure, they said. Instead of celebrating a big win, many were finding reasons not to enjoy it.
Then, much like this Bruins team has done all playoffs they bitched slapped the doubters tightened things up.
The defense made mistakes but were extremely solid over all. Tim Thomas was ridiculous. Some of the saves he made are the stuff of legend.
The offense never gave up, even when Roloson was on his game at the other end. They got an early goal, locked things down then got the insurance goal through grinding, hard work and bit of luck.
Being up 2-1 in a series doesn't mean they're going to win but last night they played Bruins hockey, forced Tampa to play out of their element and took control of the series. If the Bruins had a powerplay, they'd be running away with this series. But Tampa is resilient. This is going to be a fight. Game 4 is going to be nuts. But you'll just keep joining us in believing the Bruins got this.
After the jump.... people build shines to the amazing Tim Thomas.....
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