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Thomas, B's Blank Carolina, 4-0

Sunday, 05.10.2009 / 11:58 PM ET / Features
By Angela Latona  - Intern | BostonBruins.com
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Thomas, B\'s Blank Carolina, 4-0
BOSTON, MA - The situation: do or die. Win at home, or go home for good. The stakes: an 82-game season lost in five. The outcome: one more day.

Give the win to the Boston Bruins, as the home team breathed new life into the now 3-2 series with a 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes and rewarded goaltender Tim Thomas with his first goose egg since April 4.

“We had the puck,” Thomas said. “We had the puck in their zone. We were composed and it was just, if you look at, I don’t even know if they keep time-of-possession in stats, but if they do that, you’ll definitely see a major difference in tonight’s game and the previous three games.”

The B’s outshot Carolina 40-19, with the first ’Canes official shot-on-goal happening more than halfway through the first period, making Thomas more concerned with finding flow than making saves.

“It can be [difficult to get into the flow], but I was playing the puck so I was in the feel of the game a little bit and, fortunately, I was able to make a nice glove save right off the bat and that helped settle me down,” he said.

But the rest of the first period would not be so much of a breeze, as Sergei Samsonov and Joni Pitkanen paired up for a would-be surefire goal, except for one thing: Thomas.

“They had the open net. That’s a typical Tim save,” head coach Claude Julien said after the game. “You’ve seen him many times, looks beat, and he just, second effort, and he makes the big save. 

“That was, certainly, to me, a turning point in the game.”

And possibly a turning point for Thomas, who, despite being screened, made a sliding save to keep the ’Canes at zip, zero and zilch.

“I actually didn’t see too much of that shot that Samsonov took so that was sort of a positioning save and, you know, the rebound got kicked out and I saw Pitkanen coming in and I just was going to do anything I possibly could to save that thing, and it ended up working out.”

So now the gang heads down to Carolina to play for the same stakes in Game 6 on enemy ice.

“[The pressure’s] still on us to some extent, but hopefully we shoveled some of that pressure onto them, too and now we can share some of that pressure.”

And they must carry with them that same mentality – go big or go home (and this time ‘home’ isn’t quite so close).

“Hopefully [this win] can carry over, the emotion can carry over a lot,” he said. “It’s up to us, ultimately, to carry over that emotion, but the crowd certainly, I think, helped us tonight. Being home was a big advantage to us.”

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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