In the middle of the third period with Boston clinging to a 2-1 lead, Tampa Bay's Eric Brewer got the puck in front of the blue line and noticed that Thomas was near the top of the crease. Brewer shot it wide of the net and teammate Steve Downie took it off the bounce. The Lightning winger had a wide open net on the left side, but Thomas dove and robbed Tampa Bay of a game-tying goal with an unbelievable stick save.
"With the way the new boards are nowadays in all the arenas, you've got to be on your toes for those big bounces. The big bounce came out," Thomas said after the game. "It was just a reaction and a desperation. And I'll admit I got a little bit lucky there."
Stephen Harris of BostonHerald.com called the play "one of the greatest saves ever made."
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