Leafs-Bruins: Toronto Routs Boston as Tim Thomas Gets Yanked Again

Dino MoriAnalyst IMarch 6, 2008

It hasn't been a memorable week for netminder Tim Thomas.

For the second consecutive game, the beleaguered Boston Bruins netminder was pulled after giving up a bushel of goals--this time to the surging Toronto Maple Leafs.

Thomas was awful against the Maple Leafs, surrendering five goals on just 23 shots as Toronto won a blowout 8-2 in Beantown. 

Terrible Tim was just as bad on Monday against the Washington Capitals, when he gave up seven goals on 24 shots, as the Bruins got humiliated 10-2.

Thomas was yanked not once, but twice versus Washington by coach Claude Julien, who can't be at all happy on how poorly his goaltender and overall team are playing. 

Boston has lost three straight games and have fallen to seventh in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Philadelphia, with 77 points.

In the case of Thomas, that's 12 goals against on only 47 shots.  Not exactly, Martin Brodeur-like numbers.

Just after Toronto's Nik Antropov scored to make it 5-1 in the second period,  Thomas kept looking at Boston's bench almost pleading with coach Julien to pull him.

Julien obliged, and a disheartened Thomas skated off the ice and went directly to the Bruins locker room.

Thomas entered the Toronto game third amongst netminders with a .922 save percentage.  Only Pittsburgh's Ty Conklin (.927) and Columbus' Pascal Leclaire (.923) were better statistically.

It's hard to imagine a sieve like Thomas would be the amongst the league leaders in any goalie category, especially in light of his last two debacles between the pipes for the B's.

From a Maple Leafs perspective, the eight goal explosion against the Bruins marked for only the second time this season that Toronto were able to accomplish this feat.

On October 11, Matt Stajan registered four points as the Maple Leafs routed the New York Islanders, 8-1.

On that particular night, captain Mats Sundin broke Darryl Sittler's club record for goals and points.

Defenseman Bryan McCabe led the Toronto attack with a goal and three assists against the Bruins.  His second period marker, which gave the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead, ended a goalless drought of 24 games for the veteran blueliner.

Antropov continued his strong play this season, notching his 25th and 26th goals on the year. 

Jason Blake, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Matt Stajan also scored for Toronto. 

Forward Alex Steen, meanwhile, contributed three assists in the victory.

Peter Schaefer, who opened the scoring on the night, and Phil Kessel tallied for Boston.

With the win, Toronto remained six points back of Philadelphia for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers, who edged Tampa Bay 3-2 at home on Thursday, have a game in hand on the Maple Leafs.  Philadelphia has 14 games left to play until season's end, while the Maple Leafs have 13.  

Florida stayed tied with the Maple Leafs for 12th in the East with 70 points by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2.

Toronto gets set to host the New Jersey Devils again on Saturday.  The two teams met just several days ago at the Air Canada Center, when the Devils upended the Maple Leafs, 4-1, behind a 41-save performance by New Jersey's Brodeur.