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Record-setting series for Thomas

by John Kreiser
Tim Thomas piled up a host of records while leading the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years.

Thomas' first save of the night, a stop on a shot by Vancouver's Chris Tanev 1:48 into Wednesday night's game, was his 762nd of the playoffs, giving him the mark for the most saves by a goaltender in one playoff year. He broke a tie with Kirk McLean, who made 761 saves for Vancouver in 1994, the last time the Canucks went to the Final.

Thomas finished the night with 37 saves, giving him a total of 798 this spring.

The first shot Thomas stopped in the second period gave him another record -- it was the 821st he faced this spring, moving him past McLean's total in 1994. He finished the spring facing 849 shots, passing McLean's total of 820.

Thomas also broke the Final record for saves, which had been held by Toronto's Johnny Bower in 1964. Thomas' 37 saves in Game 7 gave him 238, five more than Bower made in leading the Leafs to the Cup 47 years ago. He wound up facing 246 shots the seven games, third on the all-time list behind Bower (250) and McLean (247).

The eight goals allowed by Thomas and the Bruins also left the Canucks having scored the fewest goals ever by a team in a seven-game Final. The previous mark was held by both Toronto and Detroit in 1945, when each team scored nine goals in the Leafs' seven-game win.

Lastly, Thomas became the first visiting goaltender ever to pitch a shutout in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. There had been three other Game 7 shutouts -- by Bower for Toronto in 1964, Gump Worsley for Montreal in 1965 and Martin Brodeur for New Jersey in 2003 -- but all were won by the home team.
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