It wasn't pretty. You probably crapped your pants 18 times during the game. When Tampa Bay scored early thoughts crept into the heads of even the most faithful. Where we going to see the same Bruins team we saw in Game 4? When the Bruins had negative 3 shots halfway through the second period your heart was sinking. But the way Thomas was playing you knew there was hope. You just knew.
When the puck bounced to Downie in the third and you saw that wiiiiiiide open net you probably starting cursing immediately. Out of nowhere, Thomas dove to the rescue. Again. He made perhaps the most meaningful save for the Bruins in decades. The Bruins were on the ropes. If Tampa gets that goal they have all the momentum. But Tim F'ing Thomas demoralized them. The whole Tampa bench was stunned. Thomas just played it off like it was business as usual.
After the game, you built a shrine to Tim Thomas. You watch the clipped of him making that save on Downie over and over and over and over.
Yes, the Bruins are just one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Think about that. One win. Most of us were barely ten the last time anyone could say that.
But the series is a long way from over. Tampa was the better team for looooooooooong stretches of that game. Now it is win or go home for them. There are few things as dangerous as a team with its back against the wall. If you think for one second Boson is going to stroll in and take Game 6 with ease, you're wrong.
Don't listen to everyone complaining today. Wah the Bruins sucked, wah. Wah, if they make it to the Finals and face Vancouver the series will be over in four, wah. A win is a win. All you do now is enjoy it and hope they come out strong Wednesday and learn their lesson.After the jump.... Steve Downie sucks, Tampa fans suck and we protest!