Bruins-Hurricanes Game Seven: Tim Thomas vs. Cam Ward

Craig ShoreyContributor IMay 14, 2009

MONTREAL- APRIL 20:  Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins watches play during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on April 20, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 4-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)


Boston fans are living every cities dream. Four major teams who are all contenders.


Bruins fans and popular New England sports outlets have tonight’s Game Seven against Carolina all wrapped up.


Not so fast Bruin fans, the Cup is not headed to Boston just yet.


Coming back from 3-1 to even up the series truly is a great feat, just ask the Dallas Mavericks this morning, they would agree. Reaching a 3-3 tie and forcing a Game Seven, does not advance anyone to the next round.


The final score for game six looked liked total domination by the Bruins. Looks may be deceiving.


The Hurricanes had 33 shots on goal to the B’s 19.


The pressure for most of the game seemed to be coming from the Carolina offense not Boston’s. If Carolina had played just a little better defense and helped out their goalie, the game would have been a lot closer.


You can make the argument that once the Bruins had a two goal lead, they played soft. Especially, since they only managed 10 shots in the last two periods. Still, the Bruins need to play offensive more aggressively in Game Seven.


Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward could show up tonight to play the game of his life. What goalie wants to lose his third straight game? Plus, beating any NHL team three games in a row is not an easy thing to do.


If not for Tim Thomas’ playoff leading goals against average of 1.80, the Bruins would already be off on vacation.


The B’s  had a total of only 19 shots on net against Carolina’s Cam Ward, while Thomas of the Bruins defended 14 in the Third period alone.


Tonight’s game in large part will be determined by which goalie plays better.