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Turn up the volume: Thomas makes amends
Posted By Mike Petraglia On November 29, 2009 @ 12:55 am In General | No Comments
There wasn’t a bigger Michael Ryder fan in the building before his shootout chance in the first extra round than the man defending the Bruins goal.
Tim Thomas was making his first start since Nov. 14, a span of six games and early and late, the rust showed. He allowed a pair of goals in the first period, including one on the second shot he faced.
But the goal he surrendered to Milan Michalek was a back-breaker. It came with 19.3 seconds remaining from a bad angle-a really bad angle. A angle so bad that Michalek was practically parallel with the goal when he flipped a back-hander on net.
As if the goal wasn’t bad enough, the timing was worse. The Bruins had just fought back with three power play goals to take a 3-2 lead and were poised to take a two-point lead in the Northeast Division.
As it was, the Bruins had to settle for a one-point gain over Ottawa as the Bruins earned two points and Ottawa one for the 4-3 Boston victory. Here’s what it sounded like in the Bruins dressing room.
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 Thomas was his usual standup self, admitting he cost his teammates a point: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/112809_timthomas_whatwasgoingthroughhismind.mp3
 Thomas on why he felt terrible about the late goal: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/112809_timthomas_feltterribleaboutlategoal.mp3
 Thomas felt he let his team down: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/112809_timthomas_lethisteamdown.mp3
 Coach Claude Julien was impressed with the way Thomas collected himself in overtime: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/112809_claudejulien_likedwaythomasbouncedback.mp3
 Captain Zdeno Chara wasn’t surprised that Thomas re-focused himself in overtime: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/112809_zdenochara_thomasveryspiritedforshootout.mp3
 Michael Ryder said this was a huge win for first in the Northeast Division: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/112809_michaelryder_whythiswasabigwin.mp3
 Dennis Wideman scored for the first time since Oct. 3 as the Bruins finally got their power play going: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/112809_denniswideman_thiswasbigwin.mp3
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