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Alain Vigneault still unhappy with Tim Thomas, talks to league
Posted By DJ Bean On June 8, 2011 @ 12:38 pm In General | 89 Comments
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault expressed frustration with Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas  Wednesday, saying that he has spoken to the NHL  about the way Thomas plays outside the crease and initiates contact with players. He also had a problem with Thomas’ hit on Vancouver center Henrik Sedin  in the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup  finals, a hit that occurred in the crease.
“We’ve asked the league, obviously,” Vigneault said. “Part of Thomas’ way of playing is playing out of the blue paint, initiating contact, roaming out there. He seems to think that once he’s out, he’s set and makes the save, that he can go directly back in his net without having anybody behind him. That’s wrong. He’s got the wrong rule on that.
“If we’re behind him, then that’s our ice. We’re allowed to stay there. We’ve talked to the NHL  about that. We’ve talked to the NHL about him initiating contact, like he did on Hank, and they’re aware of it. Hopefully they’re going to handle it.”
Vigneault had also complained about Thomas after Game 1, in which Thomas drew a tripping call on Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows.
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