Even now, after stymieing the Canucks for two straight games, Tim Thomas remains a difficult Stanley Cup Final player to hate. He’s just too much of a character. Certainly, Canuck fans are upset about his Game 3 bodycheck on Henrik Sedin or his Game 4 fracas with Alex Burrows but, truth is, as infuriating as Tim Thomas can be when he’s the opponent, the Boston keeper remains charmingly strange. If Roberto Luongo pulled like-minded stunts on the regular, we’d love him forever.
At PITB, we’re beginning to wonder if we’ve even seen the apex of Thomas’s unorthodox approach to goaltending. The Bruins netminder appears to have diplomatic immunity in the eyes of NHL officials, and as of yet, he doesn’t seem fully aware of the possibilities. God help us if he clues in. With the help of exceptional artist Chloe Ezra, PITB has imagined three distinct scenarios that, implausible as they might be, seem well within Tim Thomas’s repertoire.
During a long shift in the Canucks’ end, Thomas booby traps the defensive zone. The next Vancouver rush looks like the Wet Bandits trying to break into Kevin McAllister’s house.
Eventually, Thomas’s roaming nature reaches its inevitable conclusion: one of his saves comes in front of Roberto Luongo.
Prior to Game 5, Thomas sneaks into Rogers Arena and repaints his crease so it extends into the neutral zone.
If you want to let Chloe Ezra know how much you love her art, she’s got a pretty great Tumblr page.Tags: Chloe Ezra, From the What If Files, Questionable Comedic Content, Tim Thomas