After coughing up an early goal in Game 5 at the TD Garden on Monday, Thomas stoned the Lightning attack for 58 minutes to help lead the B’s to a 3-1 win and a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference final. The Tank stopped 33 of 34 shots for his 11th playoff win of the season and the 21st of his career.
Was Game 5 Thomas’ best 2011 postseason performance? Thirty-three saves doesn’t sound like much, but considering how badly the Bolts outplayed the B’s, the Bruins would be facing elimination on Wednesday had he not been standing on his head all night.
One of those 33 saves will be replayed on highlight reels for years to come. His diving paddle save on Steve Downie with a one-goal lead in the third period may just turn out to be the series-saving stop and the defining moment of his career.
His latest clinic was just one of many incredible performances since the playoffs started. And although stats don’t (and will never) do Thomas justice, check out his postseason game log below.